Man arrested by counter-terrorism police accused of sending threats to MP ‘over Israel and Gaza’

A man charged with stalking an MP and sending threats “over the issues in Israel and Gaza” has been remanded in custody.

Feras Al-Jayoosi, 36, was arrested by counter-terrorism police on Thursday on suspicion of sending threats to Justin Tomlinson, the Conservative MP for Swindon.

He appeared at Swindon magistrates’ court on Saturday morning, charged with stalking and an unrelated offence of criminal damage.

Mr Al-Jayoosi spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Keith Ballinger, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Al-Jayoosi “sent emails and threats made to the Member of Parliament over the issues in Israel and Gaza”.

He said the communication caused Mr Tomlinson “serious concern”.

Legal adviser Sangit Purewal told the bench that due to the nature of the case, only the chief magistrate could deal with it.

Mr Ballinger asked for a remand in custody and Ian Jobling, defending, said he would not make an application for bail.

Mr Al-Jayoosi was remanded in custody to appear at Westminster magistrates’ court on Wednesday.

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