Friday, 17 June 2016

Jo Cox Killing: What We Know

Jo Cox Killing: What We Know

Chat212 news reports have identified Cox’s attacker as Thomas Mair. Here’s the start’s of The Telegraph’s story on him:

Here’s what we know:


Britain’s prime minister and the leader of the Labour Party are leading the tributes to the slain MP.


—British Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have appeared together in Bristall, where Jo Cox was killed Thursday.


—A 52-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the attack has links to neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., the Southern Poverty Law Center says.

—Follow the developing story below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time.

9:03 a.m.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says Thomas Mair, the 52-year-old man arrested in connection with Cox’s death, was a longtime supporter of the National Alliance, a U.S.-based neo-Nazi group. Mair allegedly shot Cox, a rarity in a country where gun crimes are traditionally rare (though last year saw a 14 percent rise).  Here’s more from the SPLC:

    Mair purchased a manual from the NA in 1999 that included instructions on how to build a pistol.

    Mair, who resides in what is described as a semi-detached house on the Fieldhead Estate in Birstall, sent just over $620 to the NA, according to invoices for goods purchased from National Vanguard Books, the NA’s printing imprint. Mair purchased subscriptions for periodicals published by the imprint and he bought works that instruct readers on the “Chemistry of Powder & Explosives,” “Incendiaries,” and a work called “Improvised Munitions Handbook." Under “Section III, No. 9” (page 125) of that handbook, there are detailed instructions for constructing a “Pipe Pistol For .38 Caliber Ammunition” from components that can be purchased from nearly any hardware store.

There were reports Thursday that the killer had shouted “Britain first” while attacking Cox. This has not been officially corroborated.


British news reports have identified Cox’s attacker as Thomas Mair. Here’s the start’s of The Telegraph’s story on him:

    The man arrested in connection with the death of MP Jo Cox was named as "loner" Thomas Mair, 52, who lived in a small semi detached house on the Field Head council estate in Birstall.

    The neat semi in Lowood Lane was cordoned off and under police guard as neighbours spoke of the "very quiet but very helpful" suspect.

    Neighbours said that Mair had lived in the house for 40 years and was living with his grandmother until she died about 20 years ago. Since then he has lived on his own and has never had any full time employment.