Man charged with communications offence after SNP MP receives ‘threat’

Douglas Barrie, PA Scotland

A man has been charged after a threat was allegedly sent to an SNP MP on the same day she was axed from the party’s Westminster front bench.

Joanna Cherry contacted police on Monday over a “vicious threat” to her personal safety after revealing she had been “sacked” in a recent reshuffle.

At the time, she tweeted: “Action and inaction have consequences. Tonight I’ve received a vicious threat from a man to my personal safety.

“The matter has been reported to Police Scotland and I’m somewhere safe. Thank you for all the lovely messages of support.”

On Thursday, police confirmed a man had been charged with a communications offence in connection with the incident.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A 30-year-old man has been charged with a communications offence and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

In another tweet Ms Cherry thanked the police, saying: “Pleased to advise that @policescotland have arrested & charged a man in relation to the threats I received on Monday night.

“I’d like to thank them for their swift action. But this is not ok. Other enquiries are ongoing.”

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