Investigation as former ITV presenter Dan O'Hagan sent e-mail threat linked to House of Commons IP address

Dan O'Hagan now covers Germany's Bundesliga. Credit: Twitter/Dan O'Hagan

An investigation has been launched after a former ITV News Anglia sports presenter was sent a threatening e-mail from a device which appeared to have a parliamentary IP address.

Dan O'Hagan, who worked for ITV in the early noughties, posted on Twitter that he had been sent the e-mail from someone who was trying to find out his address.

The e-mail said: “You cannot be allowed to belittle, mock and intimidate working class white men, whilst peddling your bourgeoisie, privileged leftism in your highly paid career.

“Football is not for white elites like you, it belongs to working class men of all colours.

“Send me your address now and we can discuss this further in person. It is important that we do so."

Dan O'Hagan working for ITV News Anglia in 2003. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The sender called themselves 'David' and said they they were working "very, very hard" to get Mr O'Hagan's address.

After receiving the e-mail, Mr O'Hagan did his own checks to find out where it had been sent from and was astonished to find that it appeared to have come from an IP address linked to the House of Commons.

An IP address is a unique number which identifies a computer or device when you go online, including where that device is connected to the internet.

Mr O'Hagan reported the incident to the police and the UK Parliament also tweeted that they are investigating.

A House of Commons spokesperson added: “We are aware of a threatening email received by a television presenter. We take threats of this nature very seriously and are investigating the matter now.”

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Speaking to ITV News Anglia, Mr O'Hagan said he was "physically shaking" when the e-mail dropped in his inbox.

"When I saw it had come from the House of Commons, my jaw hit the ground, because this is like the script from a bad movie," he said.

"I was physically shaking when I received the e-mail, hence why I called the police. I just hope whoever has done this is found and punished but I've got no great faith that will be made public."

Norfolk Police said in a statement: "Officers received a report yesterday from a man in his 40s who allegedly received a threatening email. Enquiries into the incident found no criminal offences had been committed. The investigation has been closed and the man has been informed."

Mr O'Hagan has gone on to have a successful career as a freelance football commentator, regularly covering Germany's Bundesliga and working on Match Of The Day, Eurosport and ESPN.