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Murdered MP Jo Cox had contacted police over threats
June 17, 2016 / 6:42 AM / a year ago

Murdered MP Jo Cox had contacted police over threats

LONDON (Reuters) - British MP Jo Cox, who was killed on Thursday, had previously contacted police after receiving “malicious communications” and they had arrested a man in connection with the investigation in March.

A woman leaves a floral tribute next to a photograph of murdered Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox in Parliament Square, London, Britain June 17, 2016 REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Police said that the man they had arrested at that time was not the 52-year-old man who was being held in custody in West Yorkshire following his arrest close to the crime scene.

“Officers received an allegation of malicious communications from Jo Cox MP, and in March 2016 arrested a man in connection with the investigation,” police said. “The man subsequently accepted a police caution.”

Cox, a 41-lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and a vocal advocate of Britain’s European Union membership, died after she was shot and stabbed repeatedly by a man who witnesses said shouted “Britain first”.

Both sides in Britain’s EU referendum suspended campaigning after the attack.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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