British man arrested in Cork over threat to Labour MP

Up to 15 gardai involved as 41-year-old arrested in Douglas after phone call to female politician in UK
British man arrested in Cork over threat to Labour MP

As many as 15 gardaí were involved in the early-morning arrest at a rented apartment.

A British man has been arrested in Cork this morning in connection with a threat made against a sitting Labour MP.

The arrest of the 41-year-old man was made early this morning in Douglas on the south side of the city.

A number of electronic devices were seized during the raid, which is understood to have involved more than 10 gardaí, a Garda spokesperson said.

The arrested man was subsequently brought to the Bridewell Garda Station for questioning regarding the threat, which it is understood to have involved a phone call to the MP which communicated a threat to kill.

The threat against the sitting female Labour MP was made on October 18, just three days after the killing of Conservative MP David Amess in Essex, a murder which was subsequently deemed a terrorist act by Essex police.

The Garda spokesperson said the arrest had been carried out at a residential property in Douglas, with the arrest having related to the “suspicion of making threats against a person from outside of this jurisdiction”.

“He is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at the Bridewell Garda Station. Investigations are ongoing,” they added.

The death of David Amess has led to questions as to the security of both British MPs and their Irish counterparts when conducting their core roles as elected representatives.

Mr Amess, 69, had been fatally stabbed during his regularly scheduled and publicly accessible constituency surgery.

His killer, who was arrested on site, was subsequently identified as 25-year-old Ali Harbi Ali.

The man was subsequently charged with murder and the preparation of terrorist acts.

The killing came just five years after the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, who was fatally shot and stabbed at a library in West Yorkshire while likewise preparing to conduct a constituency clinic.

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