Town of Ipswich and Ipswich Police Report Discovery of Hate Flyers

Wednesday July 13, 2022

IPSWICH — Interim Town Manager Mary Gallivan and Police Chief Paul Nikas advised the public that numerous flyers for a neo-Nazi group have been found in yards throughout Ipswich. 

Ipswich Police, in collaboration with a neighboring community where the flyers were also distributed, are investigating the matter.

“We are actively investigating this matter and are asking residents to assist us in identifying those who distributed these pamphlets,” said Chief Nikas. “Hatred has no place in Ipswich, where our sense of community is one of our great strengths.”

Ipswich Police received numerous reports of the flyers, which were contained in plastic bags which also contained rocks, being found in yards off of several streets in town last weekend. It appears the flyers were thrown from a vehicle, and no residents have reported having contact with the individual or individuals who distributed the flyers.

The flyers appear to be an attempt at recruiting by the Nationalist Social Club, which the Anti-Defamation League describes as a neo-Nazi group with small chapters in New England, the United States, and aboard.

Ipswich Police are asking residents who found such a flyer on their property to check their security cameras or door cameras, if they have them, to see if they have any images or video of the individual or individuals who left the flyers behind.

Anyone with information or video surveillance is asked to call Ipswich Police at 978-356-4343.

“The Town of Ipswich rejects hatred in all of its forms,” said Interim Town Manager Gallivan. “This is a welcoming community where partnerships, diversity, and unity are among what makes this a great place to live. I hope anyone attempting to spread hatred will stay out of our community.”

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