Malicious fake police letters sent making 'pedopfile' claims

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Police are warning residents over malicious letters sent making paedophile claims.

Over the last few days around 20 letters looking like this have been sent to addresses in the Easington area.

At first glance they may look as though they have come from Durham Constabulary since whoever has sent them has used the force badge and a photo featuring police officers.

But we want to stress these have definitely not been sent by anyone in this force.

Acting Insp Paul Footes said; “The letters contain allegations about a named person which are completely false, and causing them distress. If anyone else receives one of these through the post we would suggest they destroy the letter and think nothing more of it, there is no need to hand it in.”

Police are making enquiries to trace whoever is sending the letters as they may face criminal charges