Man arrested in connection with sending death threat to Welsh Labour MP
A 76-year-old man has been arrested in connection with sending a death threat to the Welsh Labour MP Chris Bryant.
South Wales Police have confirmed that the man from Pontycymer, Bridgend county, was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications after they responded to a report on the matter on October 16.
Bryant, who represents Rhondda, says he received a death threat after he’d called for kindness following the killing of fellow MP Sir David Amess.
A tweet he posted on Saturday said: “Let’s all send a kind message on Twitter today to a politician we disagree with. Let’s eliminate the negative.”
Then on Sunday he posted: “You only have to look through some of the responses to this tweet to see the poison that is infecting British politics. And now I’ve had yet again another death threat.”
Chris Bryant told WalesOnline: “Over the years I have had a lot of death threats. They happen about four to five times a year. People have been arrested, cautioned by the police and one has gone to jail for it.
“There are many people putting themselves in harm’s way on behalf of the public every day but there can’t be many workplaces that have suffered two murders in five years.”
Speaking to Claire Summers on BBC Radio Wales Breakfast, Bryant said MPs were often reluctant to go to police to report abuse because they knew how busy officers are.
He said: “I hope everyone dials down the nastiness in politics. It’s been six years of everyone calling each other traitor. That needs to end, we need to be nicer to each other.”
The Metropolitan Police has said it is treating the death of Conservative MP Sir David, who was stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex, as a terrorist incident.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
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