11/06/2012 06:43 BST | Updated 11/06/2012 12:16 BST

Frank Zimmerman, Man Who Threatened MP Louise Mensch, Arrested

A man who sent a threatening email to Conservative MP, Louise Mensch, has been arrested after failing to turn up at court.

Frank Zimmerman had been due to attend Cheltenham Magistrates Court for sentencing last Friday but didn't appear. Gloucestershire Police confirmed on Monday that the 60-year-old had now been arrested.

"Yes, Frank Zimmerman has been arrested today and is on his way to Cheltenham magistrates," a police spokeswoman told The Huffington Post UK on Monday.

Zimmerman emailed the MP, telling her to stop using the social media network, Twitter, or face the consequences. He was responding to Mrs Mensch's suggestion that the police could close social nextowrking sites during last summer's riots.

Mrs Mensch contacted the police who traced the email to the IP address of Zimmerman's home computer. He blamed hackers for sending it.

He was found guilty of sending by public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing message or matter by Gloucester magistrates in his absence, blaming agoraphobia and depression for his non-appearance.

Zimmerman was due to be sentenced in May but the the case was adjourned until 7 June in order for pre-sentence reports to be completed.