There are now TWO police forces investigating ‘rape tweet’ UKIP candidate
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Two different police forces are investigating whether UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin has committed crimes on social media.
Wiltshire Police revealed last week that they are investigating a file of YouTube clips and postings in which the candidate discussed the age of sexual consent.
Now West Midlands Police are investigating reports of malicious communication in response to a video of Benjamin saying he "might cave" into raping Labour MP Jess Phillips.
Benjamin, also known as YouTuber Sargon of Akkad, previously came under fire for a 2016 tweet in which he said he "wouldn't even rape" Phillips.
After the tweet resurfaced, he then followed up the ensuing furore this month with a video online suggesting that "with enough pressure I might cave", prompting reports to West Midlands Police.
READ: UKIP candidate's comments branded 'shit' by MP after making more rape 'jokes'Phillips told BBC's Victoria Derbyshire that the most recent 'rape' comments had made her break down in tears.
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"Sometimes I'd rather that someone punched me in the face than the constant degradation that you suffer as a woman in the public eye," Phillips told Derbyshire.
"It was one thing when he was just some idiot off the internet ... it's a different thing when he's standing on the same platforms that I'm standing on."
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UKIP's leader Gerard Batten, who is standing down after the EU elections, has been under intense criticism for defending the initial tweet, saying it was not a rape joke but a "remark of non-intent".
READ: Labour MP destroys UKIP leader over candidate's rape 'joke' to Jess PhillipsLast month Wiltshire Police confirmed they were investigating a dossier of materials passed to them by a senior UKIP insider.
A spokesperson for UKIP has been contacted with a request for comment.