Media commentator Caroline Farrow arrested by police over gender Twitter spat

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By Ben Chapman

Published: 04/10/2022

- 20:04

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 10:37

The revelation comes in light of Suella Braverman's calls for a return to 'common sense policing'

Catholic media commentator and mother of five, Caroline Farrow, had Surrey Police come into her house without a warrant and arrest her over a gender Twitter spat last night following online transgender controversies, GB News can reveal.

Speaking to GB News’ Mark Steyn show, Ms Farrow said, “I have been arrested for what was a twitter spat about gender issues”.

This comes in light of Suella Braverman's Tory Party conference speech in which she stated: "We need to get back to common sense policing, empowering the police to tackle the issues facing the public, not policing pronouns on Twitter or non crime... hate incidents".

Caroline Farrow was making dinner for her husband and four of her children last night when two police officers knocked on her door claiming she had been accused of harassment and malicious communications. The police then asked if they could come into her house and Ms Farrow asked, “do you have a warrant?”

One of the officers then “put his hand on the front door to stop me from closing it, walked into my house and said ‘we don’t need one’” Ms Farrow explained.

Her children, aged 7, 10, 11 and 12, who were present at the scene watched as the police then said to her “we’re going to arrest you” before demanding all electronic devices for confiscation.

Her husband, a catholic priest, had a parish office next door which contained some of her devices.The couple protested that the officers would need a warrant to enter the parish office. When the police asked why, Caroline’s husband said “because we don’t trust you”.

Caroline claims Surrey Police then called their sergeant for permission, and it was granted shortly after.Ms Farrow’s daughter who is autistic uses one of the confiscated devices for her home schooling.

Ms Farrow was taken outside her house and the police conducted a body-search before taking her to the police station where she was held in a cell for several hours.

“One minute I was making dinner for my kids and then next I was having my socks checked for drugs”

“This took up an entire shift – what an absolute waste of police’s time”

“I was then shown other material that police were accusing me of sending. None of them were my doing.”

Ms Farrow was released in the early hours of this Tuesday morning under investigation without charges or bail.

Surrey Police said in a statement:

Caroline Farrow spoke to Mark Steyn in an exclusive GB News interview.
Caroline Farrow spoke to Mark Steyn in an exclusive GB News interview.
Image: GB News

On Monday, 3 October officers attended an address in the Guildford area as part of an investigation into allegations of malicious communications (sending of indecent, grossly offensive messages, threats, or information) and harassment.

A 48-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of both offences.

A number of electronic devices were seized as potential evidence from this address under section 19 of PACE. Where an offence is alleged to have been committed on an electronic device, for example, it may hold a key piece of evidence and may routinely be seized during an investigation.

The woman was taken to Guildford Police Station where she was interviewed. She has now been released under investigation and inquiries remain ongoing.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector David Bentley said: “There is significant commentary on social media around the perceived circumstances behind this investigation. We do not have the freedom of detailing every stage of our inquiries or the specifics of an allegation on social media as it is critical we do not pre-empt or prejudice any future proceedings at any stage.

“When we receive an allegation of a crime, in this instance one where a grossly offensive message is said to have been communicated, it is our job to assess it alongside any available evidence to identify if an offence has been committed. If it has, we gather further evidence and carry out an investigation to prove or disprove the allegation. That is exactly the process that is being followed in this case.

“The investigation into these allegations is very much ongoing and the relevant inquiries are being carried out. We have a duty to protect the integrity of an investigation, so we will not be providing a running commentary on this case.”

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