Extension to question Lincoln terrorism suspect

Counter terrorism officers have been granted an extension to question a Lincoln man suspected of sending threats and a hoax noxious substance to Muslim communities.

Officers arrested a 35-year-old man in South Lincoln on June 12 in connection with their investigation into reported ‘Punish a Muslim’ letters, received across the UK.

He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, sending threatening messages and sending a hoax noxious substance.

Officers now have until 6.20am on Friday, June 15 to hold and question the man after they were granted a Magistrates Warrant of Further Detention on Wednesday evening.

People in communities across South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leicestershire and London reported receiving hateful letters back in March.

They encouraged violence against followers of Islam and suggested a points scoring scheme for attacks against them.

Officers from Counter Terrorism Police North East (CTP NE), supported by Lincolnshire Police, took the man to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.

Searches were also conducted at a home in the south of the city and an office building in the city centre.

Police issued a statement measuring the public that the activity was not in response to any immediate threat.