Scotland’s only UKIP politician has called in the police claiming a former soldier threatened to shoot him in the face, it has been revealed.
David Coburn, a Member of the European Parliament for Scotland, has alleged that the nationalist supporter from Aberdeen made the threat on Facebook.
The alleged perpetrator is believed to be a middle-aged father and former soldier from Aberdeen with SNP and Yes Scotland “connections”.
Arthur Misty, Chairman UKIP Scotland, said: “I can confirm an alleged hate crime against David Coburn MEP has been reported to Police Scotland. It is likely this is no more than the usual Braveheart bravado we have come to expect from cowardly keyboard commandos but we are not in the business of taking chances.”
He added: “I’m sure you will appreciate we do not wish to prejudice any investigation so neither David or I will be commenting further at this time.”
Commenting on the threat made against Mr Coburn an SNP spokeswoman said: “Abusive and threatening language is unacceptable. If Mr Coburn has reported this to the police, then it is rightly a matter for them.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a report has been received in relation to threatening comments made on social media and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.”
Mr Coburn has been a controversial character since he was voted into the European Parliament in May last year.
Earlier this month he sparked outrage after claiming former First Minister Alex Salmond would be “hanging from a lamppost” if there had been a Yes vote after the recent crash in the oil prices.
Meanwhile in September last year Mr Coburn was reported to have been overheard on an East Coast train speaking in less than flattering terms about Scottish politicians.
He was reported to have described Tory leader Ruth Davidson a “fat lesbian” and former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont as a “fish wife”.
He later denied the comment about the Scottish Tory leader but instead likened her to “porridge”.