Police will try and establish the identity of the person behind two hate letters, and possibly more, sent to the personal addresses of two Knitting Nannas Against Gas in Lismore this week.
The letters, which have been handed over to police to investigate, have upset many of the group’s followers who have taken to social media in their hundreds in a show of solidarity.
Knitting Nanna Clare Twomey told media her group had found the anonymous letters particularly ‘disturbing’, saying the person responsible was ‘very angry and frustrated and can’t express themselves with conventional, respectful communication’.
The letters, with a Northern Rivers Mail Centre postmark dated 6 July at 6pm, were sent to the homes of at least two Nannas.
But it’s all publicity for their cause against coal-seam gas.
Ms Twomey said ‘every time we get abused, they do us a real favour’.
The letter says ‘(Smame) Shame, You Knitting Nanna fat slut go and do something decent’.
One supporter told the Nannas on their Facebook page that ‘I reckon you must seriously be threatening to somebody. There’s a huge power in the peaceful wholesome persistent way you act to protect our land for our grandchildren, Bless you, stay safe Nannas.’
Another said: ‘You can’t hate them, it’s not on our agenda, we are Nannas, love and cuddles with nerves of steel’.
One Nanna posted: ‘I got one too yesterday, just the same poor lost soul, actually it could be a miner or a miner’s boss. Bless you and God help you dear whoever your are.’
Another said: ‘it is very distinctive style of handwriting covering that very demographic. We are looking for a rude poster someone put up about us that may well be from the same person’.
Yet another wrote: ‘I reckon that’s an older man’s writing, possibly a miner’s grandfather.’