Drought-stricken farmers sent 'downright disgraceful' letters

Farmers already battling in drought conditions have been receiving letters in the mail instructing them to kill themselves and their livestock, according to police.

Police at Central North and Orana Mid Western police districts in NSW have commenced an investigation into three separate “offensive-natured” letters being received.

A property owner in Dubbo reported receiving an unsavoury letter on November 19 that he received in his mail box addressed to him.

A typed letter with similar contents was also received by a farmer in Walgett on November 26, and another one in Peak Hill.

Three property owners in rural NSW received "offensive-natured" letters. Source: File/Getty Images

“Each of the letters refer to the current prolonged drought conditions and make suggestions to the victims that they should take the lives of themselves and their livestock,” police said in statement.

They said initial inquiries had indicated the letters were being delivered to rural properties by hand.

“Inquiries continue, and police urge victims to photograph and preserve the letters and envelopes before making a report to your local police station,” the statement read.

Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside, the NSW Police Force Rural Crime Prevention Team State Coordinator, condemned the individual behind the cruel letters.

“This is downright disgraceful,” Det Insp Whiteside said.

Police investigations had led them to believe the letters had been hand-delivered. Source: File/Getty Images

“It is extremely important that these letters are not over-handled, both in a physical sense and by not disclosing information to fellow members of the public which may impact the investigation.

“Victims should report the matter to local police in a very timely manner in order to increase our chances of resolving the nature of these letters.

He encouraged people who received letters of a similar nature to contact police and report it as soon as possible.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.

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