Letter writer who threatened MP jailed for 12 months

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A man who sent a threatening letter to Anna Soubry has been jailed.

Alden Bryce Barlow was sentenced to 12 months custody at Sheffield Crown Court today after admitting sending a letter conveying a threatening message to Anna Soubry, in her role as an MP.

He was also given a 10 year restraining order preventing him from contacting her or going near her constituency address in Nottinghamshire.

Barlow was traced following analysis of both the letter, which had his fingerprints on the rear, and CCTV from the post office counter in the Doncaster branch of WH Smith, where he posted the letter.

It was addressed to Ms Soubry at her constituency office, and was opened by her constituency manager on 14 October 2019, who called the police.

The message read: “COX WAS FIRST YOU ARE NEXT” and referred to Ms Soubry as “treacherous” and “worthless”.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Gerry Wareham said: "This letter contained a sickening and ominous threat to Ms Soubry, with an explicit reference to the murder of Jo Cox MP in 2016.

"Ms Soubry and her staff in the constituency office understandably found the message deeply disturbing and highly offensive.

"What is more attacks such as this on our elected representatives are attacks on democracy and perpetrators will be prosecuted.

"I hope the sentence Barlow received today is of some comfort to Ms Soubry and her colleagues and a deterrent to anyone else contemplating such despicable actions against a parliamentary representative or candidate."

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