UK police arrested a 19-year-old man last weekend after he told friends online that he was going to go on a killing spree at a local Pride event.
According to the Facebook messages, Ethan Stables was planning to bring a machete to a Pride party at the New Empire in Barrow-in-Furness in order to “slaughter every single one of the gay bastards.”
“I’ve had enough,” he wrote in one of the messages. “I don’t want to live in a gay world and I sure as hell don’t want my children living in one.”
“What happened to our traditional qualities? They’re fucking ruined,” he continued. “I don’t care if I die, I’m fighting for what I believe in and that is the future of my country, my folk and my race.”
When his friends were unable to reason with him, they posted screenshots of the messages online along with warnings to the LGBT community in Cumbria.
If you're in Barrow in Furness please do not attend the LGBT gay pride night at a pub! I've reported it to the police but still DONT GO pic.twitter.com/N14dpc1MeT
— j (@JULIAISSOFIT) June 23, 2017
It wasn’t long before police were alerted to the threat and were able to apprehend Stables.
“I would like to thank everyone for their assistance and vigilance tonight,” said Superintendent Mark Pannone. “Cumbria Police’s priority is always to keep people safe. There is now no threat to anyone or any specific group in the south Cumbria area.”
Stables later posted on Facebook that he’d been let out on bail and is being “monitored” by police after being charged under the terror act.
— j (@JULIAISSOFIT) June 25, 2017