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Murdered British MP Jo Cox had contacted police over threats

British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was killed on Thursday, had previously contacted police after receiving “malicious communications” and they had arrested a man in connection with the investigation in March.

world Updated: Jun 17, 2016 13:45 IST
Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of slain Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament square in London on June 16, 2016.
Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of slain Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament square in London on June 16, 2016. (AFP)

British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was killed on Thursday, had previously contacted police after receiving “malicious communications” and they had arrested a man in connection with the investigation in March.

Police said that the man they had arrested at that time was not the 52-year-old man who was being held in custody in West Yorkshire following his arrest close to the crime scene.

Read: Alleged killer of pro-EU British MP Jo Cox had links to white pride group

“Officers received an allegation of malicious communications from Jo Cox MP, and in March 2016 arrested a man in connection with the investigation,” police said. “The man subsequently accepted a police caution.”

Cox, a 41-lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and a vocal advocate of Britain’s European Union membership, died after she was shot and stabbed repeatedly by a man who witnesses said shouted “Britain first”.

Both sides in Britain’s EU referendum suspended campaigning after the attack.