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Man from Doncaster jailed for sending threatening letter to MP Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry was sent the post, which read "Cox was first you are next", by 55-year-old Alden Bryce Barlow Credit: PA Images

A man from Doncaster who sent a threatening letter to MP Anna Soubry suggesting she would be murdered like the MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Anna Soubry was sent the post, which read "Cox was first you are next", by 55-year-old Alden Bryce Barlow.

The letter arrived at Ms Soubry's constituency office in Broxtowe, Nottingham on October 14 this year and was opened by a member of staff.

Barlow was traced using fingerprint analysis and CCTV from a post office in Doncaster. He admitted sending a letter conveying a threatening message and was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was also given a 10-year restraining order against Ms Soubry, who was previously in the Conservative Party, and is standing as a candidate for The Independent Group for Change in the General Election.

Ms Soubry and her staff in the constituency office understandably found the message deeply disturbing and highly offensive.

I hope the sentence Barlow received today is of some comfort to Ms Soubry and her colleagues and a deterrent to anyone else contemplating such despicable actions against a parliamentary representative or candidate.

– Chief Crown Prosecutor Gerry Wareham