Claudia Webbe MP guilty of harassment
UPDATED: Claudia Webbe appealed against her harassment conviction and a hearing was held at Southwark Crown Court on May 19, 22 and 23 May 2022. The court upheld her conviction finding that she had harassed her victim and threatened to distribute naked photos of her.
The court found that although it could not be sure that Claudia Webbe threatened to throw acid during her 31 March 2019 telephone call, it did find that that the victim had been caused alarm or distress.
Claudia Webbe was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a work requirement of 80 hours and compensation of £50.
MP Claudia Webbe has been convicted of harassment after the Crown Prosecution Service showed she made a number of obsessive nuisance calls to a woman over an 18-month period.
Webbe, 56, was found guilty of harassment today (13 October) after Westminster Magistrates' Court heard evidence she made numerous short, silent telephone calls from a withheld number, before hanging up.
In March 2019 Webbe spoke to her victim, threatened to use acid against her, and threatened that naked photographs and videos of the victim would be shared. There is no suggestion the images were real.
Despite being asked to stop by police she continued, making at least 15 further calls after April 2019.
A final threatening call in April 2020 was recorded by the victim when Webbe again made the threat to release naked images, prompting police to interview her.
Specialist Prosecutor Lisa Rose of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "Claudia Webbe’s persistent nuisance behaviour caused considerable distress and alarm to her victim who became genuinely concerned for her safety.
“Webbe told police she did not appreciate the calls were unwanted or causing distress. However the prosecution case was that the police had issued her with a clear warning about her conduct.
“No-one should have to endure this sort of harassment. We are determined to bring perpetrators to justice and help protect victims."
Notes to editors
- Claudia Webbe [DOB: 08/03/1965] was convicted of harassment
- She will be sentenced on November 4