A hate crime is being investigated after an offensive Brexit-related leaflet was delivered to the headquarters of a Polish-language UK regional newspaper.
Nottinghamshire Police has launched an investigation after the leaflet was set to ‘East Midlands po Polsku’, which serves the region’s Polish community.
The leaflet features a copy of an original cartoon depicting Home Secretary Sajid Javid with the words: ‘Migrants: Our Country Needs You To Stay Away’.
The words “Brexit Means Brexit” and an offensive message saying “Just Get Out Of England” were added underneath.
“I had mixed feelings – I was upset, and frightened, but also resilient. We shouldn’t pretend that it didn’t happen, and it was important that we did something and reported it.”
She added: “I came here in the 90s, and feel that Nottingham is my home. However, there are moments when I think I should go back to Poland.
“When I meet someone who is going back, it makes me think a bit. It has happened quite a bit since the referendum, and it’s a difficult moment – I feel quite torn.
“We were aware of the fact that Brexit could bring some racial tensions. But I hadn’t experienced it myself, which is why it shook me.”
The paper is published by The Signpost To Polish Success, a non-profit organisation based in Nottingham.
Nottinghamshire Police confirmed to the Post it had received a report about the letter being received. A spokesman added: “It is being treated as a hate incident and is being investigated.”