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A man, arrested in August on suspicion of menacing Tory MP Louise Mensch via Twitter and threatening emails, has been charged under section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act.

"A man arrested over allegations of malicious communications and threats made via email and a social networking site against Louise Mensch MP has been charged," the Met said.

Frank Zimmerman, 60 (01/10/1951) of Spinney Road, Barnwood, Gloucester will appear on bail at Gloucester Magistrates' Court on 12 December, said Scotland Yard.

He has been charged with improper use of a public communications network, it added.

Cyber cops cuffed Zimmerman on 25 August, following allegations lodged by Mensch a few days earlier.

Mensch took to Twitter to complain publicly about the alleged harassment before taking her complaint to police as she was in the US at the time of the incident.

The Tory politico, Rupert Murdoch botherer and erstwhile romantic novelist, who writes under the pen-name Louise Bagshawe, claimed that "some morons from Anonymous/LulzSec" had threatened her children via email.

"As I'm in the States, be good to have somebody from the UK police advise me where I should forward the email. To those who sent it; get stuffed, losers," she said in August.

"Oh and I'm posting it on Twitter because they threatened me telling me to get off Twitter. Hi kids! ::waves:: I've contacted the police via the House of Commons and the email is with them now. I don't bully easily, kids. Or in fact at all." ®

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