Police investigate catalogue of death threats against Sturgeon
Dugdale and Davidson also subjected to horrific torrent of hate and abuse
POLICE are investigating a catalogue of horrific online abuse against Nicola Sturgeon, including death threats, threats of violence and extremely offensive and sexualised insults. Extreme threats against the First Minister are so common that there is even an account on Twitter highlighting at least 150 tweets featuring threats and hate speech directed at Sturgeon.
The account, called @sturgeonabuse, says that it is “highlighting the hate, abuse, misogyny, sexism, violence and threats the Scottish FM is subjected to on a daily basis here on Twitter”.
A large number of the chilling posts came from individuals using their own names along with photos of themselves, sometimes pictured alongside partners and images of them socialising with friends or even holding small children. The Sunday Herald sought to contact all those who posted insults, a number of whom replied with abusive messages directed at the newspaper’s journalists, while some others refused to discuss their offensive remarks.
In their original posts a significant number of the online trolls said they wanted to violently or sexually assault Sturgeon, while there were others who said that they hoped the First Minister would die a brutal death.
A “Paul Addison” (@Paddison93), who is pictured drinking in a bar, posted on June 9, 2016: “I wish that c**t Sturgeon would die, just die”.
Meanwhile, a “Micky Watt” (@ mickywatt), who appears in a group photo, on June 9, 2016, stated: “A f**king hate Nicola Sturgeon, wish someone would shoot the daft jock b*****d”. An “Ashley Wager” (@ ashwager93) from Birmingham, who is pictured with a woman, tweets, on June 6, 2016 that: “Nicola Sturgeon needs a kick up the c**t”.
There is more violent intent expressed towards the First Minister from a “Steph Drysdale” (@stephdrysdale), whose account also features her picture. She said on April 20, 2015: “If Nicola Sturgeon was in front of me I’d kick her f**king head in and probably really enjoy myself doing so.”
A tweet from an “RCH” @WoodsyOfficial, who identified himself as an entrepreneur from Leicester, on May 6, 2016 stated: “Nicole Sturgeon Does my nut in bring us some haggis u ugly s**g”. A man pictured with a young child, who calls himself “Brad” (@bradslife81), on June 9, 2016, says: “Feel sorry for the poor husband of Nicola Sturgeon. She don’t shut up and f**k me she’s proper pig ugly. Annoying f**king troll.”
However, some of the most disturbing verbal attacks focused on the miscarriage Sturgeon suffered in early 2011, when she was health secretary in Alex Salmond’s government.
A tweet from a “david anderle’pen” (@nogod4dave) on September 4, 2016, stated: “Just been blocked by Nicola “Roll out the miscarriage” Sturgeon. Can’t imagine why. Not yet woo’d!”
On the same subject, a tweet on September 4, 2016 from “Stop the PC madness” (@thewinning55) which included a picture of the late farright, anti-immigrant Tory politician Enoch Powell, said: “I know this may be harsh, but #sturgeon has lied about so many things in the last 2 yrs should we believe her about the miscarriage? #snpout.”
A “Captain Swing” (@captswing), who describes themselves as a “Brexit winner and Patriot”, on September 5, 2016, stated: “More Sturgeon miscarriage story is horrific.. that someone had sex with wee Jimmy Crankie.” A “Jonathan Geary” (@jockysaltire), on September 7, 2016, said: “Nicola sturgeon is using her miscarriage to gain momentum for indie ref 2! Shameful and disgusting.”
There were also more racist and misogynistic postings, with a “Mac Bradley” (@MacBradley) on July 5, 2016, saying: “Nicola Sturgeon is a f**king annoying Scottish c**t like, Shurrap man can’t wait to YT all owa ya country on Thursday ya s**t.” A “Tommy Ellam” (@Ellam9), pictured with a woman and with a photo showing the football stadium at Leeds United football club, from June 26, 2016, says: “Nicola Sturgeon is an ugly s**t”.
There were more death wishes from a “Casper Johnston” (@CasperCj71), who identifies himself as a Ukip member, on January 23, 2016, saying: “the quicker that sturgeon thing is assassinated the better the f**ked up c**t and she should use Scottish £ not the rest of uks”. A Twitter user calling themself “MDE” @M16_0RA, on January 25, 2016, said: “I’d like to see Nicola Sturgeon set on fire. The Jimmy Krankie c**t.”
Last night, Police Scotland confirmed it was looking into the abusive tweets highlighted by the @sturgeonabuse Twitter account. A force spokesperson said: “Police Scotland is aware of this account and work is being undertaken around it.”
We are approaching safety with a sense of urgency. We will be rolling out a number of changes in the coming days and weeks. You can expect to see meaningful progress in this area