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BREAKING Man arrested over death threat to Labour's Chris Bryant a day after David Amess killing


A 76-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communications sent to MP Chris Bryant the day after Sir David Amess was stabbed to death during a constituency surgery

Labour MP Chris Bryant received a death threat on Saturday
Labour MP Chris Bryant received a death threat on Saturday

A man was arrested over a death threat to Labour MP Chris Bryant a day after David Amess was killed.

A 76-year-old man from Pontycymer, Wales, was taken into custody on suspicion of malicious communications, South Wales Police have confirmed.

Officers were alerted at around 4.30pm on Saturday (October 16) in relation to the malicious message.

Mr Bryant, who represents Rhondda, said he received the death threat after urging people to be kinder following the death of his fellow MP on Friday afternoon.

Sir David, MP for Southend West, was stabbed during a constituency surgery at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, with the attack being treated as a terror incident by Scotland Yard.








Sir David Amess was stabbed to death on Friday
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A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.

Whitehall officials later confirmed the man’s name as Ali Harbi Ali, and said he was a British man of Somali heritage.

Detectives have until Friday to question him.

It is understood he was referred to the counter-terrorist Prevent scheme several years ago but was not a formal subject of interest for MI5.

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