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Hoax 'sex offender' letters sent

"Malicious" letters which falsely name a man as a sex offender and purport to come from police have been received at several addresses in Essex.

Three letters have been received by organisations and businesses in Leigh-on-Sea and Rayleigh, Essex Police said.

Chief Inspector Glen Westley, the district commander for Rochford, said: "We are aware that a number of malicious letters have been sent out claiming to be from Essex Police. The letters name a man and state that he is a sex offender.

"I appeal to anyone who has received one of these letters to disregard the claims made.

"The claims are untrue and entirely malicious.

"I would ask anybody who receives a letter to contact us so that we can come and collect the letters and use them as evidence."

Anyone who received one of the letters is asked to contact their local police station on 0300 333 4444.

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