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Obscene poison pen writer in Acomb


4:28pm 20th September 2011
(Updated 7:56am 21st September 2011)

Police in York are asking residents in the Foxwood area of Acomb to put a name to the person sending offensive letters.

Over the last eight months, local residents have received letters of an explicit and obscene nature. They all refer to a woman living locally and have been signed by someone calling themselves “John”.

As well as being posted through the Royal Mail, letters have been hand delivered. In one case the note was taped to the outside of a living room window. A number of the letters had included hair, toe nail clippings and used tissues.

Other letters have been taped to a bus shelter and a local road sign.

PC Vicky Fickling, of the York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“The letters are naturally causing the woman, who appears to be John’s target, a great deal of concern.

“I believe that someone living locally must know who is responsible for sending these letters and ask that they report them so that we can stop this wholly unwarranted harassment.

“I also ask that local residents take some time to look at the handwriting and to contact the police if they recognise it. Even if it does not belong to someone called John, as the sender may be using a false name.

“As part of the enquiry to identify the offender, we will be delivering leaflets to every home in the area.

“I would like to speak to anyone who may have received a similar letter and has disposed of it, or may have seen a letter placed on a noticeboard in the area, without reporting the incident to the police.

“We will be able to easily eliminate anyone from our enquiries if they are not the person who sent the letters.”

If you can identify the offender or have information that can assist the investigation please contact PC Vicky Fickling or PCSO Richard Tempest on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110034086. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Image: the leaflet being delivered to local residents




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