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Police probe over Twitter post 'urging people to Jo Cox an MP'

An allegedly-threatening Twitter post calling for people to "Jo Cox" an MP is being investigated by police.

The apparent target of the online message, Anna Soubry, the MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, then tackled the person who made the post on social media, calling them a "sad cowardly troll".

The person had earlier tweeted "someone Jo Cox Anna Sourby please", also managing to misspell the MP's name.

The account has since been deleted.

Ms Soubry replied to the message on Twitter: "Take it that wasn't a spelling mistake. You're a sad cowardly troll."

Later, she posted a screenshot of the post, telling her 31,000 followers, and said: "This is what has happened to our politics.

"Tolerance & free speech must prevail."

It comes a week after Jo Cox's murderer, 43-year-old Thomas Mair, was jailed for life for shooting and stabbing the Labour MP for Batley and Spen outside her constituency office in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June.

Conservative MP Ms Soubry was a Remain supporter in the EU referendum, as was Mrs Cox.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed they were investigating.

A spokesman for the force said: "We have received reports of threats made to an individual.

"Nottinghamshire Police takes reports of this nature very seriously and an investigation is under way."

It is understood the police are also investigating a separate threat made in a telephone call to Ms Soubry's constituency office on Wednesday.

The MP said on social media that the Twitter exchange had been "the second death threat in 3 days" she had received.

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