Police are investigating a threat to behead a UKIP election candidate after the 62-year-old reported a disturbing phone call.
David Robinson-Young, a 62-year-old barrister who hopes to be elected to represent the Newcastle East constituency, has said he fears for his personal safety after the “chilling” experience.
He described the man as an “irate” constituent who he says identified himself as a Muslim and angry with the Government.
He said the man was initially calm but after some minutes began to shout and swear at which point the former policeman hung up.
Mr Robinson-Young said:
“He said the Muslim community is really annoyed with the British government supporting bombing Muslim countries and that the community here just wants to get on with their family lives.”
Mr Robinson-Young said the man swore at him before making the beheading threat.
Northumbria Police confirmed they had received a complaint and are investigating the matter.
Mr Robinson-Young added:
“I’m not a man who is easily intimidated, I’m an ex-policeman and I’ve been subjected to numerous physical threats in the past. I left the police service because of injuries received in an assault on duty.
“I found this man’s threats to be particularly chilling and it as really shaken me. However I will not let this incident prevent me from continuing in the campaign to try and change our country for the better.”
> How very ironic – it’s only a few days since Robinson-Young was coming under fire from Newcastle’s Jewish community for his party’s xenophobic policies. UKIP certainly seem to be uniting the local population.
Meanwhile, the UKIP campaign office in Blyth has vandalised this week for the second time.
Crosses and the word ‘No’ were daubed on to the shutters of the office.
Jonathan Arnott, North East UKIP MEP, said:
“This is now the second time that anti-democracy protesters have vandalised our office in Blyth.
“Sadly some people don’t respect our fundamental British freedoms.
“This comes at a time when some of our candidates have received death threats, showing the ugly face of some of those who oppose our message of freedom, independence and democracy.
“Ultimately this kind of criminal activity will prove counterproductive as it will simply spur our activists on to work harder and campaign for longer.”
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 23 Apr 2015