A Peterborough man who received a ‘disturbing’ leaflet which branded homosexuality as a destructive way of life has spoken of his worry of being targeted.
Matthew Debarr (28) received the leaflet titled ‘Works of Darkness’ at his home in the Hampton Centre, Peterborough this week.
At first I found the leaflet quite amusing, but when I sat and thought about the implications of its content I found it quite scary and un-nerving.Matthew Debarr
The extreme religious leaflet lists a number of acts and beliefs which are labelled as sins, including homosexuality, suicide, divorce, abortion and contraception.
The leaflet, which does not have the name of any organisation on it, appears to quote passages of The Bible.
Mr Debarr, who is in a gay relationship said he found the contents of the literature ‘scary.’
He said: “At first I found the leaflet quite amusing, but when I sat and thought about the implications of its content I found it quite scary and un-nerving.”
Mr Debarr said he was unsure if people from the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual community had been specifically targeted to receive the flyer.
He added: “To imply the homosexuals and lesbians are vampire like and drug addicts is a complete insult and very upsetting.
“The beliefs this person has on other topics such as abortion and gay marriage is quite harrowing, to think that someone with that mind set is wandering the streets is quite alarming.
“I felt last night quite concerned because initially I was scared that as the only gay couple on the street we had been targeted, despite hearing others had received this material.”
Cambridgeshire police said a 53-year-old man from Corby has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He has been bailed to appear at Thorpe Wood Police Station on March 22, on the condition he does not return to Cambridgeshire apart froma nswering bail.
Detective Inspector Rich Sinclair, from Cambridgeshire police, said: “Peterborough Hate Crime Team have arrested and interviewed the man in question and he has been released on conditional police bail, whilst the Crown Prosecution Service assess the evidence in relation to potential charges.
“All hate crime is taken with the utmost seriousness and we continue to work with partners and community groups to stamp out racist, homophobic and prejudiced behaviour of any kind.”