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Councillor receives death threats

John Taylor
John Taylor is known for his criticism of the BNP (Pic: MEN)

Police are investigating death threats which have been made against a councillor in Greater Manchester.

John Taylor, a Labour councillor for Dukinfield in Tameside, is known for criticising the British National Party.

The 60-year-old's details were posted on a violent far-right website and he has received numerous e-mails saying he will be shot in the head ever since.

A spokesman for the BNP said the website had "absolutely nothing to do" with the party.

"They (Labour) would like it to be, but it simply isn't us," he said.

"Labour have tried some desperate slurs, but to try to link us with terrorism is despicable."

'Very threatened'

Greater Manchester Police said it was investigating the threats and would try to find out who was responsible.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Alogba, of Stalybridge police station, said: "We are investigating a threat to kill recently made on a website.

"We are following a number of inquiries and working closely with the victim to trace the person or people responsible."

Mr Taylor said: "I have all sorts of things said about me.

"What I have never had is a death threat and that's something I take very seriously, and it's something that I feel very threatened about."

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