Man charged with sending malicious messages to MP on Facebook


A man has been charged with sending malicious messages to an MP on Facebook, Scotland Yard said.

Craig Wallace, also known as Muhammad Mujahid Islam, 23, will appear at Hendon Magistrates' Court in London tomorrow.

Wallace, of Teignmouth Road in Willesden Green, north London, was charged with the offence of malicious communications.

He was arrested at his home and remains in police custody until his court appearance.

Scotland Yard declined to name the MP, but said the politician does not represent a London constituency.

The charge comes after a number of MPs, many of them in the Labour Party, complained to police that they had received death threats after voting in favour of airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Neil Coyle, the MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said police had stationed extra officers outside his surgery after he received an apparent death threat on social media.

While Labour Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has spoken out about receiving an apparent death threat on Facebook after he voted in favour of the military action.

Wallace allegedly sent the malicious message last Thursday, the day after MPs voted to authorise the air strikes.