Police go to parish councillor’s dwelling to warn him he faces arrest over Fb publish that learn ‘trans rights are very, very boring’

  • Andrew Willgoss was visited by police after sharing a publish about trans rights
  • The parish councillor posted a photoshopped model of an image on Fb
  • The unique picture confirmed campaigners holding indicators at an LGBT convention in October
  • The photoshopped model had modified the wording of the indicators being held 

A parish councillor was visited at dwelling by two cops and instructed he confronted arrest over a Fb publish he shared about trans rights.

Andrew Willgoss, 58, posted a photoshopped picture of campaigners holding indicators at an LGBT convention at Westminster in October with the wording on the placards altered.

Within the authentic picture, the 2 indicators each had the message ‘trans rights are human rights’.

However within the picture Mr Willgoss shared to the Fb group Surrey Heath Issues, the phrases had been modified to ‘trans rights are very, very boring’ and ‘TERFs have been proper about the whole lot’.

Parish councillor Andrew Willgoss (pictured) was visited at home by two police officers and told he faced arrest over a Facebook post he shared about trans rights

Parish councillor Andrew Willgoss (pictured) was visited at dwelling by two cops and instructed he confronted arrest over a Fb publish he shared about trans rights

The acronym TERF refers to a ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’ – a time period utilized by campaigners to criticise some feminist critics.

An enforcement officer for Surrey Heath Council is known to have reported Mr Willgoss to the police, and officers knocked on the dwelling he shares together with his mom in Bagshot, Surrey, final Sunday.

Mr Willgoss, a parish councillor for Surrey Heath who additionally works in backyard upkeep, mentioned the officers instructed him he might have dedicated a public order offence and may attend an interview to elucidate his actions. He mentioned he was instructed if he didn’t attend he could also be arrested over the picture.

He agreed to satisfy a extra senior officer the next day however was then suggested to not by former policeman Harry Miller – who gained a authorized problem concerning alleged transphobic tweets he had made.

Photoshopped: The doctored image Mr Willgoss posted to Facebook

Photoshopped: The doctored picture Mr Willgoss posted to Fb

Mr Willgoss mentioned: ‘The entire scenario is outrageous.

‘It’s simply thought policing – the police are speculated to be defending us from hurt, not bothering individuals at dwelling over trivial issues… They don’t have any justification for harassing me at dwelling and no jurisdiction over what I share on an internet platform owned by a US company. Fb don’t appear to suppose the publish was towards their pointers, so what’s the downside about expressing a view?

‘The officers mentioned if I didn’t volunteer to come back and focus on this with them they may doubtlessly arrest me – how ridiculous.’ Beneath the Public Order Act 1986, an individual is responsible of an offence in the event that they use threatening, abusive or insulting phrases in the direction of one other individual, or show any seen illustration which is threatening, abusive or insulting. A person responsible of such an offence may resist six months in jail.

Surrey Police final night time confirmed no additional motion can be taken. A spokesman added: ‘The matter was later reviewed to evaluate the proof and it was decided that additional motion wouldn’t be proportionate.’

The council mentioned: ‘We takes all complaints in regards to the conduct of elected members significantly.’