Police question Holt man over poison-pen letters while 50 people come forward after EDP appeal

An appeal poster has been handed out in Holt to try and get information on the writer of the poison pen letters - Butcher Paul Reed places a poster in his window. Picture: Matthew Usher. An appeal poster has been handed out in Holt to try and get information on the writer of the poison pen letters - Butcher Paul Reed places a poster in his window. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Sabah Meddings sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
9:16 AM

A Holt man is being questioned over a series of poison-pen letters after about 50 people came forward with information in response to an EDP appeal and the offer of a £1,000 reward.

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Police said they now had new letters for the investigation, which will undergo analyses to see if they are part of the series.

The north Norfolk market town was rocked by the news last week that someone from the community had sent more than 15 malicious letters, threatening their elderly recipients.

Some of the letters, sent over the course of a year, had told the victims to leave their homes, with a sample released by police reading: “The longer you leave it the sooner you will have to vacate the property.”

An EDP appeal saw posters posted around the town calling for help and an offer of a reward for information leading to an arrest and subsequent conviction.

A police spokesman said the responses in the last week had been a mixture of phone calls, emails and people going directly to Holt Police Station.

Paul Reed, 44, of P&S Butchers in Holt, said his wife’s grandparents had received a number of letters telling them to leave their home.

He said since the news broke last week, several people had come into his shop with information.

He said: “From the number of people who have come into my shop over the last week I would be amazed if it is just a single person who has been responsible for all of them.

“One man said he has been getting them since 2004. He showed me one of his letters which was very hard to read but called him a benefits cheat.”

However, Mr Reed said he was pleased the police had questioned someone over the letters. He said: “I’m sure my grandparents-in-law will be relieved. Getting the letters is not pleasant for anybody.”

Police said not all of the new letters are necessarily from the same person, but will know more after they have been studied further.

Did you or a family member receive one of the letters? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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