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Man denies heroin leaflet charge

A man has denied trying to stir up religious hatred by sending out leaflets which claimed Muslims were responsible for the heroin trade.

Anthony Bamber, 53, of Greenbank Street, Preston, Lancashire, appeared before Preston magistrates accused of distributing the pamphlets.

Mr Bamber pleaded not guilty to incitement to commit religious hatred.

Colin Gibbs, prosecuting, said the leaflets were distributed across North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.

He said: "Mr Bamber was the writer and printer of these leaflets, which sent out his ideology that all Muslims should be held to account for the heroin trade.

"They were threatening and intended to stir up religious hatred. Many people who received them thought it was a criminal offence and contacted the police, which led to his arrest."

Mr Bamber is due to return to the court on 9 September.

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