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Lee Jasper's Tweet Over Kathryn Blair Being Held At Gunpoint Is Branded Tasteless

19/09/2013 12:41 BST | Updated 19/09/2013 12:45 BST
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Lee Jasper one of the guest speakers at the Policing conference which opened in Belfast. Mr Jasper is director of the 1990 Trust and has been very closely involved in the inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawerence.

Controversial activist Lee Jasper has been blasted for a tastleless tweet about the armed mugging of Tony Blair's daughter.

Kathryn Blair was held at gunpoint in Marylebone where she was walking with her boyfriend and a group of friends. She escaped unharmed.

Jasper, who was an adviser to former London mayor Ken Livingstone, tweeted: "Quoting one of me heroes I say 'Chickens coming home to roost' #ViolenceBegetsViolence"

It generated a backlash from other Twitter-users, including a Labour MP:

But Jasper was defiant:

Scotland Yard confirmed an incident involving two male suspects with a gun took place in Ivor Place, Marylebone, at 8.30pm on Monday night.

A spokesman said: "The victims were a man and a woman; the suspects were two males."