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10/18/2015 10:21 EDT | Updated 10/18/2016 01:12 EDT

Man arrested in U.K. in Wilfrid Laurier online threat has been charged: police

Police in London, England have charged a man who allegedly posted an online threat against Wilfrid Laurier University.

The man was arrested in London on Friday, and the charge laid Saturday.

The 22-year-old man, identified by police as Daniel Ransem, will appear in court Monday.

He faces a charge of malicious communications.

The U.K.'s Malicious Communications Act makes it illegal for anyone to send a threat with the intent to cause distress or anxiety.

The man's connection to Wilfrid Laurier, if one exists, is unknown.

"I think that knowing that there wasn't a local threat will be a comfort to students and staff," Kevin Crowley, a Wilfrid Laurier University spokesman, said Saturday. He said there were few people on campus at the time of the lockdown, which lasted nearly six hours.

A spokesperson for Waterloo police says that because the threat came from the U.K., London police have jurisdiction.

Waterloo police compared Friday's threat to a warning posted before a shooting earlier this month at an Oregon college that left 10 people, including the shooter, dead.

A photo shared on Twitter showed a post that featured an image of a frog holding a gun and read: "Don't go to laurier science building hall tomorrow. happening thread will be posted in the morning."

A post that preceded the Oregon shooting read: "Don't go to school if you are in the northwest. happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning."

 

The Canadian Press

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