No further action against man suspected of sending death threats to Piers Morgan

No further action will be taken against a man suspected of sending death threats to broadcaster Piers Morgan, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

Former Good Morning Britain star Morgan, 57, who now has his own show on Talk TV, reportedly received death threats last year.

The Uncensored host reported a concerning comment left on an Instagram post of a picture of Piers and his son Spencer in February 2021. 

One message reportedly warned him he was ‘a marked man’ and threatened Morgan was ‘getting killed.’

As an investigation was launched, a 43-year-old man was subsequently arrested in Manchester on suspicion of making threats to kill.

However, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided the case did not meet the evidential test for prosecution.

Now a new statement from the Metropolitan Police has confirmed there will be ‘no further action’ taken against the suspect.

In the statement, a spokesperson said: ‘In May 2022, the case the referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision.

‘It decided that the case did not meet the evidential test for prosecution and therefore no further action will be taken against the suspect.’

Morgan had shared a screenshot appearing to show the original threats, which also mentioned members of his family, and said there was a ‘big problem’ with safety procedures online.

He wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘If people can make direct death threats on social media platforms like Instagram (owned by @facebook) and no action is taken against them despite a 22-month police investigation, I suggest there is a big problem with how big tech operates its safety procedures.”

Morgan later claimed he had received a letter from the CPS stating there was ‘clear evidence to prove that you were the victim of a crime and threats of a serious nature were conveyed to you via social media.’

The broadcaster had updated fans on the investigation earlier this year, telling Uncensored viewers in October: ‘I had a death threat made against me and my eldest son on his Instagram in public, not on private message, public comment to a picture of me and my son. 

‘This was back 18 months ago, maybe longer, and I was so incensed by the nature of it and the specifics of it and how grotesque it was doing it on my son’s Instagram.

‘He’s in his late 20s but he was a bit freaked out by it too. I reported it to the police.’ 

Piers then disclosed: ‘I got an update today from them, it still hasn’t reached a charging decision. They knew who this person was months and months and months ago, they had the phone months ago and there’s still no charging decision. 

‘Now I’m a high profile person who has talked about this in public and there’s still no resolution of this 18 months into this very specific death threat, which if they made on the street, would be a criminal offence. 

‘So my point is not just about the complexity of doing all this, but also the accountability that has to come from the full force of the law when people act with impunity on social media.’ 

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