Man convicted of threatening behaviour towards MP
A man has been convicted after being arrested by the Met for threatening behaviour towards an MP.
James Phillips pleaded guilty to malicious communications at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 7 February, the day after he was arrested by Met Police.
An investigation was launched on Thursday, 1 February after the Met was contacted by the office of Mike Freer MP that he had received a threatening and abusive phone call the previous day.
Phillips was identified and arrested on Tuesday 6th February.
Phillips also pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker after he attempted to strike an officer while he was in custody.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday, 6 March.
Detective Superintendent Will Lexton-Jones, from the local policing team in north-west London, said: "This incident was first reported to us less than a week ago. Officers carried out urgent enquiries to identify and locate the suspect and detectives have worked tirelessly to secure charges.
"This conviction demonstrates how seriously we treat threats and abuse towards MPs and other public officials."
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