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Leyton man jailed for sending anti-Semitic letters to Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar has thanked police for catching Patrick Gomes

A man from Leyton has been jailed for sending anti-Semitic letters to Lord Alan Sugar. 

Patrick Gomes, 70, of Lyttelton Road, wrote letters addressed to Lord Sugar that were abusive, threatening and deeply derogatory towards the Jewish faith. 

He sent three of them to one of Lord Sugar’s business premises in Loughton in 2018, prompting police to launch an investigation. 

Officers searched Gomes’ home address where they found more offensive letters that Gomes planned to send at a later date. 

They also discovered he had written the details of the business premises in his address book. 

Gomes was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, 1 December. 

After failing to appear at court, he was arrested and remanded in custody.

Today, he was sentenced to three years and six months in jail at the same court. 

“I would like to pass on my sincere gratitude to the police for their assistance in this case,” said Lord Sugar. 

“I have to be honest, I was reluctant to pass this matter on to the police as they are already stretched and have enough on their plates dealing with serious crimes.

“I would like to thank them sincerely for helping to shine a light on the fact that this type of behaviour is simply not acceptable and that racism or any form of discrimination is simply not acceptable.”

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