Fifteen UK Churches Received Threatening Letters

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: January 22, 2019

West Midlands police investigated handwritten letters threatening petrol bomb attacks and mass stabbings sent to fifteen churches in the UK from November to January.

During a Bishops' Conference in January, it was discovered that more than a dozen churches had been sent "threatening letters" bearing a West Midlands postmark, with one letter warning of a petrol bomb attack.

One handwritten letter read: "Stop all your services straight away / If you don't your church will be petrol bombed while in service. Continue behind closed doors, your congregation members will be stabbed one by one. Blood on your hands. (You have been warned)."

A priest from Sheffield described the letter he had received as "horrifying."

Sources: Premier, Barnabas Fund, and BBC