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Man arrested over abusive calls to Angela Rayner as Police launch investigation


Greater Manchester Police launched an investigation into multiple threatening and abusive phone calls, emails and letters over recent weeks

Police have arrested a man in connection with abusive phone calls to Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner.

Greater Manchester Police launched an investigation into multiple threatening and abusive phone calls, emails and letters over recent weeks.

A 52-year-old man was arrested in Halifax in connection with the investigation this morning, in relation to phone calls to Ms Rayner on Friday 15 October.

The same day saw Tory MP David Amess murdered at his Constituency surgery – sparking fresh security concerns for MPs.

Police have also confirmed enquiries remain ongoing, suggesting more arrests could follow.

Ms Rayner faced an increase in abusive messages following comments she made at Labour Party Conference last month, where she referred to Tory Cabinet Ministers as “scum”.








Ms Rayner and Keir Starmer at Labour Conference in Brighton
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Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror)



A spokesperson for Angela Rayner said: “Angela and her staff have received a number of threatening, malicious and abusive communications in recent weeks.

“We are working with the police to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice and Angela would like to thank the police for their work during these investigations.

“Abuse and threats of this nature don’t just have an impact on Angela but also on her family, her children and her staff who are on the receiving end of these communications.

“Angela is currently on bereavement leave after losing a close loved one and she looks forward to being back at work as soon as possible.”





Detective Sergeant Christopher Dean of GMP’s Tameside district said: “Abusive, threatening or bullying behaviour towards anyone is completely unacceptable and we will always do what we can to ensure those responsible are identified and held accountable for their behaviour.

“Although we have arrested one man our investigation very much remains ongoing and we will continue to pursue all available lines of enquiry to identify all those responsible.”


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