POLICE yesterday finally launched an investigation into a UKIP Euro election candidate over his vile comments about raping an MP.
West Midlands Police confirmed it had spoken to Jess Phillips about her trolling by Carl Benjamin – an online gamer who calls himself Sargon of Akkad – a historical conqueror.
Benjamin previously sent a sick tweet saying he “wouldn’t even rape” her.
He sparked fresh uproar by posting a new video saying that “with enough pressure I might cave”.
West Midlands Police said they had received a report of a malicious communication and are investigating.
Ms Phillips said she broke down in tears in Birmingham city centre after being told of the fresh abuse “just because I felt the enormous weight of years and years and years of abuse”.
She stormed: “I realised that I did what all women do in these situations – I had been putting a brave face on it and pretending that it was all fine and that I could cope.
“It dawned on me that, for four years essentially, this man had made a career out of harassing me. And I felt harassed.
“I felt, ‘How can somebody say that they would rape me if forced, and be a legitimate candidate in an election?’”
She added: “I cannot believe our system is so weak at the moment that’s allowed to happen.”
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Ukip leader Gerard Batten said he had no knowledge of the police probe and that he does not think rape jokes are funny.
A West Mids police spokesman said: “Police have received a report of malicious communications relating to MP Jess Phillips.
“Officers have spoken to Ms Phillips and the comments are being investigated to establish if an offence has taken place.”
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