Murdered British MP complained of threats - police

2016-06-17 11:22
British MP Jo Cox (Yui Mok, File, AP)

British MP Jo Cox (Yui Mok, File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

London – Jo Cox, the British lawmaker murdered on the streets of northern England, had complained to police earlier this year about "malicious communications" she received, police said on Friday.

A man was arrested in March and was cautioned by police, but he is not the man in custody for Thursday's attack, a statement from London's Metropolitan Police said.

Witnesses said Cox, a 41-year-old with two children aged three and five, was repeatedly shot and stabbed in Thursday's assault in the Yorkshire village of Birstall.

Her murder came one week before Britain holds a referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union, a vote which has sparked a divisive and bitter campaign.

"Officers received an allegation of malicious communications from Jo Cox MP, and in March 2016 arrested a man in connection with the investigation," the police statement said.

"The man subsequently accepted a police caution. The man who accepted the police caution is not the man in custody in West Yorkshire."

The Times newspaper reported that police were considering putting in place additional security for Cox when she died.

A 52-year-old man, named by British media as Thomas Mair, was arrested shortly after Cox was attacked.

Neighbours told newspapers that he was a loner who had lived in the area for decades, but there were indications he had extreme right-wing leanings.

Read more on:    jo cox  |  uk

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.