POLICE are investigating a number of “hate incidents” in Breamore.

A letter was sent to homes in the village and an extract from it has been shared on the FordingbridgeCops Facebook page last week along with an appeal for help.

The letter said: “Sadly I have recently taken report of a number of hate incidents in your area. A family have been victim of harassment by malicious reports, criminal damage and property tampering. They believe, as do I, that this is motivated by hate.

“This must stop. The targeting of others due to backgrounds, beliefs, race, sexual orientation, gender or disabilities is taken very seriously by Hampshire police.

“Should you wish to assist me with this investigation please let me know by phone or email as above.”

Hampshire Constabulary says it received a report of criminal damage to a fence at an address on Upper Street back in May and that the victims have also reported a series of incidents, including malicious reports to partner agencies.

The letter also said: “The offences have all been carried out by an anonymous party. This is very likely the act of an individual but all local residents are receiving this letter. This is to increase awareness and in the hope that the individual might identify themselves.

“If you are the individual responsible for these acts and wish to discuss them with me I would be very glad to hear from you. Measures have been taken to identify this/these persons. Again, I suggest you stop now to lessen the outcome of this.

“To finish, if you feel you have these prejudices and wish to reflect upon or overcome them I would be happy to recommend some guidance.”

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “We received a report on May 6 of criminal damage to a fence at an address on Upper Street, Breamore. The victims also reported a series of incidents that are suspected to be related and motivated by hate, including malicious reports to partner agencies. We would ask that anyone with information phone 101 and quote the reference 44200160021.”