‘Threats’ made against MSP over paedophile tweet probed by police

The Banffshire and Buchan Coast representative was criticised online following her social media post last week.

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Karen Adam: Death threat probe.

Police are investigating alleged threats made against an SNP MSP after she tweeted about paedophiles.

Karen Adam, the Banffshire and Buchan Coast representative, was criticised online following her social media post last week.

The 46-year-old had posted a tweet claiming paedophiles were “not bogey men under the bed”.

She added: “Not Mac wearing flashers in the street.

“They are our family, friends and colleagues.”

She added: “It’s uncomfortable to humanise them because we then have to face the horrors in plain sight.”

The MSP then said she had received death threats as a result of her post.

Ms Adam said she was attempting to make clear that abusers are normal people who often “go under cover as ‘respectable’”.

She wrote: “Can’t sleep, not eaten. I’m worried for mine and my families safety after I was just told my personal details are now being shared.

“Death threats, vile abuse, told to kill myself. Told I’d be put through a wood chipper.

“Grateful for litigation advice. I’m off for a wee bit.”

Police Scotland confirmed it has received reports of threats made against Ms Adam and had launched an investigation.

A spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a complaint has been made regarding online threats and police inquiries are ongoing.”