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Coronavirus: Bishop of Ripon receives death threats over Cummings fall out

Coronavirus: Bishop of Ripon receives death threats over Cummings fall out

Published by May Norman at 7:09am 27th May 2020.

Hate mail sent to Bishop of Ripon

  • The bishop of Ripon has received death threats after commenting on the ongoing Dominic Cummings criticism.
  • Helen-Ann Hartley received an email saying 'stay out of politics or it will be the death of you'.
  • A number of other church leaders have also received hate mail.

The bishop of Ripon is among other senior bishops who criticised Dominic Cummings' lockdown travel and have since received death threats as a result.

Helen-Ann Hartley shared the shocking news on Twitter after discovering bishops in Newcastle and Liverpool also received the same warnings.

It's after a number of church leaders criticised Mr Cummings' trip from London to Durham to self-isolate. 

Bishop of Worcester John Inge said he got an email saying: "Stay out of politics or we'll kill you" - with bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman claiming she received a similar message.

Bishop Hartley reported a similar threat via email, saying: 'Stay out of politics or it will be the death of you'.

Ms Hartley, who had earlier written about missing her father's birthday during the lockdown as he recovered from radiotherapy, said she was "following up" the hate email with police.