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Mike Freer MP caller convicted of malicious communications

The Hornsey resident pleaded guilty after calling Mike Freer MP last week

A man has been convicted of malicious communications after making a threatening phone call to Mike Freer MP last week.

James Phillips, of Brampton Park Road N22, pleaded guilty to malicious communications at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 7th February.

An investigation was launched last week (1st February) when police were contacted by the office of the MP to say he had received a threatening and abusive phone call the previous day.

Phillips was arrested on 6th February.

Detective Superintendent Will Lexton-Jones, from the local policing team in north-west London, said: “This incident was first reported to us less than a week ago. Officers carried out urgent enquiries to identify and locate the suspect and detectives have worked tirelessly to secure charges.

“This conviction demonstrates how seriously we treat threats and abuse towards MPs and other public officials.”

Phillips also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer after attempting to strike them while in custody.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, 6th March.