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Man arrested over 'racist threats' to anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 07/12/2016 Chloe Chaplain

Racist threats: Businesswoman Gina Miller leaves the Supreme Court in London (PA) © Provided by Independent Print Limited

Racist threats: Businesswoman Gina Miller leaves the Supreme Court in London (PA)
A man has been arrested in connection with racist threats allegedly sent to anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.

Ms Miller was allegedly sent online abuse after taking the Government to court over its decision to initiate Brexit without the backing of Parliament.

After winning the court battle Ms Miller revealed she had been instructed to avoid public spaces for her own safety and claimed her and her family had been hit with a torrent of abuse.

Police investigating the alleged threats have arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of sending “racially aggravated malicious communications” to Ms Miller, 51.

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Detectives investigating the claims also issued a 'cease and desist' notice to a second man, aged 38, from Fife in Scotland.

A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police said: “An investigation was launched by the Met’s Falcon Unit after police were made aware of threats made online against a 51-year-old woman from 3 November onward.

“The 55-year-old man was arrested on Monday, 5 December at an address in Swindon. 

“He was taken into custody at a Wiltshire police station, where he was later released on bail pending consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Following Ms Miller’s legal claim, the High Court ruled Theresa May would need the backing of Parliament to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of Britain leaving the European Union.

The Government challenged the ruling and the landmark case is now being heard at the Supreme Court.

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