Harrogate man arrested over social media messages to Euro MP

A 55-year-old man from Harrogate has been arrested in connection with social media messages sent to MEP Sajjad Karim.

Monday, 20th June 2016, 2:16 pm
Updated Monday, 20th June 2016, 3:18 pm
MEP Sajjad Karim

The man was questioned by North Yorkshire Police on Friday.

He has been released on bail pending further inquiries, a force spokeswoman said.

Last week, Mr Karim, Conservative MEP for the North West of England, told the BBC that he had received threats.

The politician said: “Other than the type of conduct that I have had to face, there has been very direct threats made, which are now currently with the police, are being investigated and I anticipate that there are individuals who will be spoken to as a result of those threats.”

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “A 55-year-old Harrogate man was arrested on Friday 17 June 2016 in connection with social media messages sent to an MEP.

“He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.”