Five in dock on charges over threat to MP

The leader of a banned organisation has been charged with encouragement to murder the local MP Rosie Cooper.

Friday, 27th October 2017, 11:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:02 pm
Rosie Cooper

Christopher Lythgoe, 31, has also been charged with belonging to a proscribed organisation, along with five other men.

One of the men, a 22-year-old, was also charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism and threats to kill.

The West Lancashire MP, whose constituency includes Upholland, Newburgh, Parbold and Wrightington, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this case, especially the counter-terrorism police, for keeping me, my staff and the public safe.

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“There remains an ongoing criminal investigation so it would not be appropriate for me to comment further.”

The charges come as a result of a co-ordinated investigation by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East and North West, supported by Wales

Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit and Wiltshire Police, who executed a number of warrants and searches properties across England and Wales.

The men are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.