POLICE are investigating a threat directed at Arlene Foster in which a man allegedly said he “must try” shooting the Democratic Unionist leader with a rifle “to see if I’d get away with it”.

The man allegedly endorsed the shooting of Mrs. Foster by posting a comment underneath an article on social media in recent days on a murder.

It’s understood the Police Service of Northern Ireland stepped in after the message was spotted by a member of Mrs. Foster’s party and raised with officers. 

In a statement issued this morning (Monday), Democratic Unionist Councillor Keith Elliott told this newspaper: “Arlene Foster has been the subject of online attack and harassment throughout her political career”.

“These particular comments have been reported to the PSNI, and despite their vicious nature, we will not comment further until the PSNI has carried out their investigation.”