An Islamic ladies’ school hit by a string of hate crimes this yr has been sent a ‘disgusting’ package filled with Jimmy Saville pictures within the newest assault.
Bahr Academy, an unbiased school in Elswick, Newcastle, has already been focused twice this yr by vandals.
School founder Muhammad Zaman stated incidents had been ‘increasing’ and pupils, aged 11 to 16, are ‘petrified’.
Officers are at the moment renovating the previous Byker Grove set, on Benwell Lane, to allow the school to maneuver into the bigger web site however vandals scrawled ‘Moslem terrorists’ [sic] and a swastika on the partitions in January.
And in March the constructing was trashed, with prayer books ripped open and the ground doused in flammable liquid.
Now workers say a ‘worrying’ package arrived on Tuesday morning on the Sceptre Road tackle, the place lessons nonetheless happen.
The package contained photographs of Jimmy Saville, with a caption calling the Prophet Muhammad a ‘paedo’.
It additionally contained a pc disc, which workers say they’ve handed to police.
Academics say they’re nervous they’re a goal as a result of they’re the one Islamic school within the North East.
Bahr Academy principal Muhammad Abdulmuheet stated: ‘We’re a school for youngsters – youngsters shouldn’t be uncovered to one thing like this.
‘These times are really worrying. I don’t know what may occur.
‘We feel we are a target, because we are the only Islamic school in the North East, and I think because we’re a ladies school we’re seen as much more weak.’
The top described the contents of the package as ‘disgusting’ however is nervous issues may get even worse.
He added: ‘The worry is that some day someone will send us some really harmful substance.’
However Northumbria Police don’t suppose the incidents between the 2 separate buildings are linked.
A lady, aged 18, two boys, 16, two boys and a woman, aged 14, had been arrested in connection with the Benwell Lane incidents and had been launched on police bail.
No one has been arrested in connection with the hate mail sent to the Sceptre Road tackle.
Mr Zaman stated vandals are making their pupils really feel uncomfortable and affecting their training.
He stated: ‘Vandalising the building site – that we were dealing with, but to send things to the school where we’ve received younger ladies learning? They’re not harming anybody, that is an training facility.
‘It’s ironic, there’s this concept being put on the market that Muslims are in opposition to the training of ladies, folks attacking us say we don’t respect ladies’s rights and but we’re right here making an academic facility for younger ladies, which the native Muslim neighborhood has raised the funds for.
‘Somewhere they can learn and feel comfortable, and it’s being attacked. That doesn’t make sense.
‘I think Muslims in general are more and more scared, but to target a school – there’s one thing actually mistaken in that.’
Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison confirmed they acquired two experiences of malicious letters sent to the school and are being handled as a hate crime.
He stated: ‘This can be a completely different web site to the vandalism on the Bahr Academy school on Benwell Lane that was focused by vandals earlier this yr.
‘We don’t believed these incidents are linked however it is vitally unhappy that the academy has acquired these threats so quickly after the incident in March.
‘The academy is a very popular part of the local community and they have received support from residents and businesses of all different backgrounds since they were targeted. We will continue to work closely with them to identify those responsible.’