Man given restraining order after telling Ashton MP ‘Watch your back and your kids’

A MAN has been given a suspended prison sentence and a two-year restraining order after telling Ashton MP Angela Rayner to ‘watch your back and your kids.’ 

Benjamin Iliffe admitted sending the threat to the deputy leader of the Labour Party in an e-mail on Saturday, October 16.

His sentencing came as a total of three men were arrested over abuse towards her.

Iliffe also admitted to possession of cannabis, which was found when he was arrested on yesterday (Wednesday, October 27).

The 36-year-old, of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, was sentenced at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court to 15 weeks in prison which was suspended for 18 months.

Angela Rayner MP

He was also handed a two-year restraining order, which prevents him from contacting Ms Rayner directly or indirectly, talking about her on social media or visiting her office in Ashton.

The impact the abuse has had on the MP, as well as those around her, has been revealed.

A 52-year-old from Halifax, West Yorkshire, is currently out on bail pending further enquiries after being arrested in relation to abusive phone calls received on Friday, October 15.

And a 70-year-old remains in custody for questioning after being cuffed today (Thursday, October 28) in conjunction with South Yorkshire Police.

That relates to abusive e-mails received on Saturday, October 16.

A spokesman for the MP detailed the impact such actions can have, saying: “Angela and her staff have received a number of threatening, malicious and abusive communications in recent weeks.

“We are working with the police to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice and Angela would like to thank the police for their work during these investigations.

“Abuse and threats of this nature don’t just have an impact on Angela but also on her family, her children and her staff who are on the receiving end of these communications.

“Angela is currently on bereavement leave after losing a close loved one and she looks forward to being back at work as soon as possible.”

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