London – Jo Cox, the British lawmaker murdered on the streets of
northern England, had complained to police earlier this year about
"malicious communications" she received, police said on Friday.
A man was arrested in March and was cautioned by police, but he is
not the man in custody for Thursday's attack, a statement from London's
Metropolitan Police said.
Witnesses said Cox, a 41-year-old with two children aged three and
five, was repeatedly shot and stabbed in Thursday's assault in the Yorkshire
village of Birstall.
Her murder came one week before Britain holds a referendum on
whether to stay in or leave the European Union, a vote which has sparked a
divisive and bitter campaign.
"Officers received an allegation of malicious communications
from Jo Cox MP, and in March 2016 arrested a man in connection with the
investigation," the police statement said.
"The man subsequently accepted a police caution. The man who
accepted the police caution is not the man in custody in West Yorkshire."
The Times newspaper reported that police were considering putting
in place additional security for Cox when she died.
A 52-year-old man, named by British media as Thomas Mair, was
arrested shortly after Cox was attacked.
Neighbours told newspapers that he was a loner who had lived in
the area for decades, but there were indications he had extreme right-wing