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19/09/2013 08:41 BST | Updated 19/09/2013 08:45 BST

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

Lee Jasper's tweet sparked a row
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Lee Jasper's tweet sparked a row

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"

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

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But Jasper was defiant:

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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."