Young person arrested for threatening to attack people with machete at Pride

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A 19-year-old has been arrested for threatening online to slaughter a group of LGBT people at a Pride with a sharp object. On his Facebook the young man wrote several death threatens directed at a group of LGBT people who were set to hold a Pride event at the New Empire pub in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria. The message allegedly read that the teenager planned to use a machete to attack people at the event which took place yesterday evening (Friday June 23). Superintendent Mark Pannone thanked “everyone for their assistance and vigilance” at the event which continued as the teen was arrested. “Cumbria Police’s top priority is always to keep people safe. There is now no threat to anyone or any specific group in the south Cumbria area,” Pannone added. “We asked customers in the pub if they wanted to stay or leave but they all said no. We felt safe as armed police were parked outside. We had loads of phone calls & messages of support but obviously, some people stayed away”. Most people said they’re proud to support LGBT community and nothing could deter them.

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