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A mother was arrested in front of her children and locked up for seven hours after referring to a transgender woman as a man online in the United Kingdom.

Three officers detained Kate Scottow at her home before quizzing her at a police station about an argument with an activist on Twitter over so-called ‘deadnaming’.

The 38-year-old, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and remains under investigation.

More than two months after her arrest on December 1, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology.

Writing on online forum Mumsnet, Mrs Scottow – who has also been served with a court order that bans her from referring to her accuser as a man – claimed: ‘I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present.

‘I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation … I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter.’

Confirming the arrest, Hertfordshire Police said: ‘We take all reports of malicious communication seriously.’

The case is the latest where police have been accused of being heavy-handed in dealing with people who go online to debate gender issues.

Sitcom writer Graham Linehan was given a verbal harassment warning by West Yorkshire Police after transgender activist Stephanie Hayden reported him for referring to her by her previous names and pronouns on Twitter.

It was complaints by Miss Hayden that led both to the arrest of, and injunction against, Mrs Scottow.

High Court papers obtained by The Mail on Sunday detail how Mrs Scottow is accused of a ‘campaign of targeted harassment’ against Miss Hayden, allegedly motivated by her ‘status as a transgender woman’.

The papers claim that, as a ‘toxic’ debate raged online over plans to allow people to ‘self-ID’ as another gender, Mrs Scottow tweeted ‘defamatory’ messages about Miss Hayden.

She is also alleged to have used accounts in two names to ‘harass, defame, and publish derogatory and defamatory tweets’ about Miss Hayden, including referring to her as male, stating she was ‘racist, xenophobic and a crook’ and mocking her as a ‘fake lawyer’.

Mrs Scottow denied harassing or defaming Miss Hayden and said she holds a ‘genuine and reasonable belief’ that a human ‘cannot practically speaking change sex’, but Deputy Judge Jason Coppel QC issued an interim injunction that bans her from posting any personal information about Miss Hayden on social media, ‘referencing her as a man’ or linking her to her ‘former male identity’.

Mrs Scottow last night declined to comment.

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  1. Fred Sheehan

    February 11, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Perhaps the description of her actions is not complete, but the descriptions of Mrs Scottow actions appear to be civil matters, not criminal matters. If so, some law enforcement officers are likely to be in trouble.

    • wanda

      February 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Law enforcement in the UK are servants to the EU. Quite a few people have been arrested for far less. It’s keep your mouth shut about everything there. Freedom of speech is being stamped out using law enforcement. That’s exactly what they are trying to do here in the US!

      • Danny

        February 11, 2019 at 11:50 am

        Yes you’re right and that’s why Americans must never give up therir guns. It’s time to take our country back or the democrats will do the same to us. See here they would never come arrest us because then we could come for them so as long as you law abiding citizens have your guns it won’t happen but if you ever give them up, it’s over.

        • Mary L McClane

          February 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm

          Danny, you are so right about that. The left in America is hell-bent to get our guns. In the word of Charleston Heston “From my Cold Dead Hands!”

      • Rob

        February 11, 2019 at 11:20 pm

        Sounds like the UK’s police force has become the Hitler’s German Brown shirts

    • erik

      February 12, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      The UK is neck deep in trouble and they are to stupid to see it!

  2. Pasquale Gelardi

    February 11, 2019 at 7:31 am

    This is why I will never land in a British airport again. And Michael Savage is banned too. It is time to cut the umbilical cord between baby Britain and mother USA. They need to read the book 1984 again.
    They must learn how to wipe their own asses.

  3. Teflon714

    February 11, 2019 at 7:33 am

    the Constitution guarantee freedom of speech not perversion the judge should be removed for violating his oath of office and the Constitution.

    • Mike Hansen

      February 11, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      It was in the UK, not the USA!!!

  4. Michael McBride

    February 11, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Get ready folks it is coming to a country near you (USA). You keep voting in liberals this is what you get.

    • Jack

      February 11, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      Unfortunately Michael, that is exactly what is happening here. And less we wake up the Democrats will do to this country what they do to every city that they control.

  5. Francis Dryden

    February 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

    You CANNOT legislate a person’s mind… don’t work. Put a completely normal person in jail because of a completely abnormal person is just not right. Pitiful state of affairs.

  6. Grammysam

    February 11, 2019 at 7:50 am

    LOL… this wasn’t America.. no Constitution… evidently, no freedom of speech.. but they DO have freedom of expression, if a machete-wielding muslim whacks your head off! NEVER GO THERE! IT IS NOW A SHITHOLE!!!!

  7. Donna

    February 11, 2019 at 7:55 am

    This is exactly what these people / liberals, socialist and etc want in our country! After all they are already coming after Christians that won’t go against their beliefs even in a bake shop or anything else that they stand for religious freedom! If we don’t stand up we will see the same thing here in the USA!

  8. Trep

    February 11, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Seems the Nazis have finally won the war and taken Britain over

  9. janznice

    February 11, 2019 at 8:15 am

    When an area has to many lemmings they commit suicide When planet earth has to many humans the judges and police in Britain go INSANE. It is time to start thinning the herd. The way the earth is doing it is to increase gays that way limit reproduction. The way people need to start looking at is the same way ISIS and other nefarious groups deal with these gays and transgenders. The word is French and it has to do with windows. Myself I think this is great as there are more lovely women for my sons The real problem is these IDIOTS should not be supported or given recognition by police judges or News like we just read. They need to be put in home arrest or house confinement till they learn to remain in the closet.

    • Ginny

      February 11, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Get ready People in 5 years this is going to be in America.
      The Supreme Court is already corrupt with some liberal judges, they will not save our freedom of speech.
      We are probably being watched and on a target list from this comment section. I can now relate to how the German People & Jews must have felt when Hitler was gaining control before WWII. Scared in America

  10. Ryutora Takano

    February 11, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Yes, this was the UK where all communications are monitored by the ‘thought police’ and you cannot speak your mind. This is already happening in some form on Twitter and Facebook because of bans/suspensions by the leftist platforms.

    Speaking of banning, the left and everything to do with it needs to be banned in America like the leftist Nazi party was after WWII in Germany before its too late.

    If the left doesn’t like it they’re free to move to a leftist country like China, Russia, Vietnam, Venezuela, North Korea, or some other socialist country.

  11. Jim

    February 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Since when is the truth malicious communication?

  12. David Linscheid

    February 11, 2019 at 10:16 am

    England and most of the European Union have already flushed themselves down the toilet and America is frantically searching for the same toiilet handle in order to follow them. An honest opinion from a person who was born in, raised in, and fought for the security of the U.S.A.

  13. Jeff Brodhead

    February 11, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Hey UK! Remember what 3% of the American Colonists were willing to do, to free themselves from TYRANNY? Yeah, it’s about time for People on both sides of the “pond” to repeat the process.

    • Shari Early

      February 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm


  14. J Alan

    February 11, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Tyranny…plain and simple.

  15. Carole Barrett

    February 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I would bet my last dime if you DNA test this person, the DNA will match the sex at birth. Sex does not change just because you decide it should. How can you be punished for stating the truth? I will never understand how it helps mentally ill people for the world to buy into their delusions. If I decide I am a dog, will I be given rabies shots, a locator chip and a new collar? If I decide I am a cat, will someone get me a litter box and change it every time I use it? Insanity isn’t supposed to be catching and you can’t honestly expect everyone else to see your delusions. What if you think you are King Kong or an eagle, a mouse, a spider…..are we expected to pretend you are? It can’t be good for peoples mental health. We all stopped playing pretend when we grew up.

  16. meozzie

    February 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Wake up, smell the coffee and pay attention my fellow Americans! This is the road the liberal democraps and far leftwing are trying to drive us down! They can’t and must be stopped!!

  17. Irene Renner

    February 11, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    There has to be more to this. omg if true its horrible and I hate suing but sure would in this case

  18. neo

    February 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Ah ! Jolly old England….where the muslims tell all of England where /when and HOW to go and now we have this…at One time in My uniformed life I was considering visiting , BUT no more….lol

  19. 4lllls

    February 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    We allowed the dems to take God out of our schools and courts and lives. He is the backbone of life. Like it or not. Prayer and i mean spiritual warfare is our only defense. Satan has consumed many and reading your Bible you will learn his wiles and how to combat him and demons. We also learn we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but principalities that be. Satan needs bodies to use to work through to do his damage. Get off the tv, computer ect and learn about what you really need for salvation from the evils escalating. Home school your children so the evil doctrines are not instilled in your children. Get right with God and see n feel the difference n freedom. Fear not for God is with you. Amen

    • Mike Hansen

      February 11, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Regarding their pictures, I’d LOVE to slap that smug look off of HIS face!!!!!!

  20. abacus

    February 11, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    If you can’t call it a man, can you call it a very ugly [email protected]

  21. Joe

    February 11, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    He is a man…. he is in a women’s costume.. he was created in his moms belly as a man , do DNA tests.. He is a man.You can’t change yourself Juuuuuuuust cause you “feel” like it.. If the powers that be made you a man. no matter what you do you will always be a man. this world has become is disgusting free for all making the unnormal normal .. FORCING what others believe on everyone, and when you state the truth the facts your outcasted.. women can walk around dressed like men and vis versa Like it’s Halloween all year long, but state a FACT about it, truth about it, your jailed ?

  22. Paul

    February 11, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    This is what the socialist liberal democrats here want to do, get rid of your freedom of speech, end the second amendment and control us. Pelosi already tried to get this very thing through. Would allow you to be arrested for different political views,and allow anyone to vote even more than once and vote in multiple states.

  23. stephen winters

    February 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    they need to BREXIT…………………

  24. RAY SAY

    February 11, 2019 at 3:05 pm


  25. Juanita Kennedy

    February 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Ridiculous. I don’t care how many weirdos have numerous surgeries if you are born a Male you will always be Male or if you are born female
    You will always be a female!

  26. Joe

    February 11, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Lets cut off its balls and then it will be oficial

  27. Jim Degnan

    February 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    She called him a man because he IS a man. Or at least a male.

  28. Frank Campo

    February 11, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    What kind of crap is this? What’s the crime? I’m glad I did all my traveling years ago. Gays, lesbians and transvestites didn’t flaunt their differences in public and you sure didn’t get arrested pointing it out.

  29. Nita Kennedy

    February 11, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Very unattractive she-man..

  30. P

    February 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Well I guess our parents who taught us to be polite were wrong, just call everyone bitch and you’ll be safe!

  31. Steve L Sparks

    February 11, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    A transgendered woman is a man, correct? This stupidity is confusing.

  32. David

    February 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    This makes me “Wonder” about the English Police. It also says that England no longer has Freedom of Speach.

    • abacus

      February 12, 2019 at 12:09 am

      England has not had free speech for a long time .

  33. Yank

    February 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    ‘We take all reports of malicious communication seriously.’ This is out and out laughable! Thin skinned people are bound to get their feelings hurt but… YOU BETTER LOOK OUT IN Hitchin, Hertfordshire, WHERE THEY WILL ARREST YOU FOR SPEAKING YOUR OPINION ON TWITTER! lol Here’s the deal in my opinion. What you are born, you will die. If you are born a man, you will die a man. It does not matter what you have “lopped off” or added on. For a woman it’s the same. If it’s “lopped off and things are “added on” it just does not matter. God didn’t make a mistake. If somebody states their disagreement, either get over it or agree to disagree. That’s pretty much the long and short of it. As far as the Hitchin, Hertfordshire PD goes, do the people in your jurisdiction not have the ability to disagree with another person? If they cannot disagree, then Hitler won the war 70+ years later! People in this world are going out of their minds when they get hurt feelings. lol The solution is to get a tougher hide and get over it! I never set out to hurt anyone’s feelings but it does happen. We are all made in God’s image and I do not believe for one second that “He got it wrong! Coming up next will be individuals that identify themselves as cats and dogs. That’s when P.E.T.A. will be knocking on doors “detaining” people who do not agree that these people identify themselves as cats or dogs. This world is going nuts and the powers-to-be are throwing in with the lemmings! To this PD… Take murder serious. Take Robbery serious. Take home invasions serious but, if somebody gets their little feelings hurt on Twitter, so be it, you knuckle heads. If I hurt your feelings, get a tougher hide, cry baby!

  34. Rebecca Holstine

    February 11, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    This is the end game of the PC world. That and all the “trigger words” they are coming up with. They have taken half of our words away. If we keep toadying to the Democrats and the leftist, this is what we will have here and sooner than you think #Take back our freedom of speech. Too bad if their feelings get hurt. They hurt mine all the time with the silly stuff they say.

  35. Rob

    February 11, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    People (Transgenders) want to tell them self a lie and live in a fantasy world and expect or otherwise force me to have to live in their fantasy world also.

  36. Mike

    February 12, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I guess that means you can NEVER call a guy a “Pussy” ever again.

  37. James Monaghan

    February 12, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Its insane! What happened to “Freedom of Speech”? Seems the Nazis have finally won the war & taken Britain over & the sooner we get out of the dreadful EUSSR/”Nasty” 4th Reich the better. Since when is the truth malicious communication?Raus, Raus, raus!

  38. LST

    February 12, 2019 at 6:10 am

    At least now I know America doesn’t have all of those sickening tranny freaks. They should all be shot.

  39. Kenneth Hecker

    February 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Heck, he/she still looks like a man. Here in the States it is getting ridiculous. You can’t say anything without someone ready to sue. Now a boy might say he identifies as a girl, have one treatment, and be allowed to wrestle on the girl’s wrestling team. And he wins! Imagine that.

  40. Bunny68

    February 12, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    If the show fits as they say…. she/he can change their appearance but they don’t change their DNA which God gave them when HE made them the gender HE wanted them to be. They are foolish and England has become the pit of Hell along with their government.

  41. Jeremiah

    February 13, 2019 at 1:38 am

    What does its birth certificate say?

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