Man arrested in Cork for threatening to kill UK MP

Gardaí in Cork arrested a British national this morning for being questioned over threats to kill a Labor MP.

Officers from the Cork and Dublin Special Detective Units, supported by members of the Cork Armed Support Unit, arrested the 41-year-old man in Douglas, south Cork this morning.

As many as 15 guards were involved when they moved to arrest the man in his rented apartment around 7:30 am and brought him to the Bridewell for questioning about threats against the Labor MP.

It is understood that the guards have been alerted by UK police to the suspect. It happened after someone called the MP and threatened to kill her on October 18.

The incident came just three days after the death of Tory MP Sir David Amess.

Sir David Amess, a Tory MP for Southend West, died after being stabbed while running a constituency clinic at Belfairs Methodist Church Hall in Leighton-on-sea in Essex on October 15.

A 25-year-old man, Ali Harbi Ali was arrested following the attack on Sir David Amess and has since been charged by UK police with murder and preparation for terrorist acts.

Five years ago, on June 16, 2016, Labor MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox (41) was shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall in West Yorkshire as she prepared to hold a constituency clinic.

A white supremacist, Thomas Mair, who shouted ‘Britain first’ as he attacked Ms Cox, was later jailed for life for the murder of Ms Cox after a seven-day trial at the Old Bailey in November 2016.

The man arrested in Cork on Saturday was taken to Bridewell Garda station in the city center and is being held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act which allows him to be detained for up to 24 hours for questioning.

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