‘Racist’ letter sent to church

A racist letter has been sent to members of a Lancashire church. The vicar and several parishioners at St Leonard’s Church in Penwortham have been contacted by a group calling themselves the Preston Pals, which has links to the far right BNP.

The letter asks the church to support their “cause” and stand up for Preston’s Christian population. They have previously leafleted residents in the Watling Street Road area of Fulwood peddling their opinions over proposals to replace the local mosque.

Vicar Nick Mansfield said he was shocked and upset that the church in Marshalls Brow had been targeted by the group, which has links to the British National Party. He condemned the senders of the letter as having “not a very Christian attitude”. He added: “To target people of another faith in this way is ludicrous.”

Lancashire Evening Post, 3 August 2007