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Painter threatened over religious art.

Byline: KRYSTA EAVES

A DAD has received a threatening poison pen letter telling him the religious paintings outside his home were an "abomination" and to take them down.

Artist Robert Williams painted a series of religious pictures and hung them outside his home in January this year.

The large, colourful pictures featured Jesus with doves, rainbows and butterflies.

But he has now taken the paintings down after receiving a "horrible" poison pen letter through the post on Tuesday.

Robert, 64, said: "I wasn't going to be intimidated but when I went out for a pint I was looking over my shoulder thinking who had sent it.

"I'm questioning my neighbours and everyone around me. They've been up for ages but this is the first negativity I've had. My wife was petrified."

Robert's wife Narimane, 54, added: "I think the people who wrote it are horrible. It worried us. My husband always tries to help people."

The handwritten letter, which was posted first class, was delivered to Robert's home on Robert Avenue, Grangetown on Tuesday.

It said: "My two kids asked the other day when we passed your house what were your pictures about. What could I say? "Your work is an insult to God and the Church - they are an abomination. If you do not remove them someone will, you understand.

"You are one sick b****** mate.

Your wife cannot be much better to let you do this."

Robert says he's upset that the letter writer described his paintings as an "insult to God".

He said: "I'd just finished my last one. I thought it was beautiful. They were for the community to help promote faith and hope."

Robert, who suffers from depression, turned to painting to help him with his illness.

In 2005 the Gazette reported how he was inspired to pick up his paintbrush following the terrorist bombs in London.

He wanted his pictures to be bring hope to the world and even sent them to the then PM Tony Blair and US president George Bush.

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UPSET: Robert Williams, pictured with his wife Narimane, after he received a poison pen letter telling him to take down his religious paintings, above Picture by DOUG MOODY
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2012
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