Man arrested for attempting to crowdfund a 'horrifying' campaign to assassinate Gina Miller
A man has been arrested after launching a campaign to raise £10,000 to hire a hitman to assassinate Gina Miller.
The 52-year-old man set up a GoFundMe page with the aim to raise £10,000 to 'hire a contract killer to kill Gina Miller: The Traitor of Democracy', using the alias Jeff Blogger.
He was arrested on suspicion of making malicious communications and released pending an investigation, Northumbria Police said.
The GoFundMe page has been deleted after six months online, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Miller, who led a Supreme Court challenge that forced the government to consult Parliament before triggering the Brexit process, told the paper: "This is horrifying. It beggars belief that this can have been allowed to have been put up on this site and stayed there for so long.
"We need to heal our nation and my view is that the only way of doing that is to remember true British values of tolerance, decency, reason, civic duty, common sense and above all else honesty and kindness."
A Northumbria Police spokesperson told Yahoo News: "We can confirm that a 52-year-old has been arrested for making malicious communications.
"He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
"The case was initially picked up by Scotland Yard, before being passed to the Northumbria Police after identifying the man."
A Met spokesperson said: "Officers from the Met's South West CID team investigated a report of threats to kill against a female aged in her 50's that was reported to police on Wednesday, 23 October 2019.
"Following initial investigation the case was transferred to Northumbria Police to progress."
A GoFundMe spokesman toldthe Mirror in October: "This campaign has been removed.
"We are sorry it got through our otherwise robust procedures. We are particularly sorry for any distress this caused Gina Miller."
Not only did Miller, 51, who runs an investment company with her husband, defeat the government in the Supreme Court over Brexit in September 2017, but she won again in 2019 when the High Court ruled that Boris Johnson's Parliament suspension was unlawful.
But she has become a hate figure for many Brexit supporters and has had to employ round-the-clock security after threats to her life.
In 2017, Rhodri Philipps, an aristocrat, was jailed for 12 weeks after offering money to anyone who would "run over and kill Gina Miller".
Phillipps, the fourth Viscount St Davids, was convicted, of two counts of sending malicious communications.
He wrote on Facebook that he would put up "£5,000 for the first person to 'accidentally' run over this bloody troublesome first-generation immigrant", soon after she won her high court case.
Miller previously said she feared she would be the "next Jo Cox", the Yorkshire MP who was shot and stabbed to death by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, 52, on 16 June, 2016, just days before the EU referendum.
- This article first appeared on Yahoo