A gender-critical Catholic mother has blasted police after officers ‘swooped on her home and arrested her in front of her children’ over a series of ‘malicious’ posts on chat board KiwiFarms.
Caroline Farrow, a journalist and mother-of-five, shared a lengthy thread online detailing her experience with Surrey Police after two police officers reportedly ‘forced’ their way into her home to arrest her on Monday night.
While in the middle of preparing a roast dinner for her priest husband Robin and five children on Sunday, two police officers rang her at home and allegedly demanded she join them for an interview under caution – with one ‘putting his hand on the front door to stop her from closing it’.
The row stems from a series of anonymous posts shared on forums on Kiwi Farms in June – in which Mrs Farrow is accused of posting ‘malicious’ content and ‘harassing’ other users on the online platform.
A spokesperson for Surrey Police said officers attended the address in Guildford as part of a probe into ‘allegations of malicious communications and harassment’ , adding that officers ‘seized a number of electronic devices’.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector David Bentley said the devices had been seized as police continue to ‘gather further evidence and carry out an investigation to prove or disprove the allegation’.
Mrs Farrow has strenuously denied the accusations, explaining instead that she was playing the organ during Mass at the Holy Angels Church, Aldershot.
Speaking to GB news yesterday evening, Mrs Farrow said: ‘I have been arrested for what was a twitter spat about gender issues.’
She explained how the officers confiscated electronic devices, including some at her husband’s parish office next door that her autistic son uses for home schooling.
Caroline Farrow, a journalist and mother-of-five, shared a lengthy thread online detailing her experience with Surrey Police
Ms Farrow also shared pictures of the moment Surrey Police officers arrived at her home yesterday
The row allegedly stems from a series of anonymous posts shared on forums on Kiwi Farms in June
Mrs Farrow told of how she was also taken outside and searched before she was taken to a police station, where she was kept for several hours.
She said: ‘One minute I was making dinner for my kids and then next I was having my socks checked for drugs. This took up an entire shift. What an absolute waste of police’s time.
‘I was then shown other material that police were accusing me of sending. None of them were my doing.’
Mrs Farrow was released under investigation in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Mrs Farrow later shared images purportedly showing her being frisked by officers in her driveway, claimed her electronic devices were seized and said she had to surrender her jewellery before being interviewed at a police station in Guildford.
She tweeted: ‘When read my rights and told that what I said could be used in evidence against me, I replied that women don’t have an [aubergine emoji – often used online to refer to a penis].’
Farrow, who works at the UK and Ireland director of Catholic campaigning website CitizenGo, said the whole ordeal had left her feeling ‘harassed and anxious’.
She tweeted: ‘I know it’s procedure, but one minute I am cooking some roast chicken for dinner, the next I am having my socks searched for drugs, because of “insulting posts on the internet.”
‘It’s scary that the police can take someone’s word for something and just come and arrest you. All they could say is “we’ve had an allegation which needs to be investigated”‘.
Sentences for those found guilty under the Malicious Communications Act can be as long as two years.
Mrs Farrow, who once complained of her life being ‘invaded and dominated by insane trans rights activists’, has previously been publicly supported by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Mrs Farrow is accused of posting ‘malicious’ content and ‘harassing’ other users on the online platform
She has strenuously denied the allegations, explaining instead that she was playing the organ during Mass at the Holy Angels Church, Aldershot
Mrs Farrow was investigated by the same police force in 2019 over allegations she had used the wrong pronoun to describe a transgender woman.
The Catholic campaigner, known for her deeply held religious views, and Susie Green, the head of transgender children’s charity Mermaids, clashed on ITV’s Good Morning Britain about Girl Guides allowing children who have changed gender to join the organisation.
Mrs Farrow later called Ms Green’s daughter Jackie ‘him’ instead of ‘her’ on Twitter and said Mermaids promoted child abuse. Five weeks later, Ms Green complained to police.
One of Mrs Farrow’s tweets read: ‘What she did to her own son [the youngest person in the world to undergo transgender surgery] is illegal. She mutilated him by having him castrated and rendered sterile while still a child.’
The four-month Surrey Police investigation into Mrs Farrow, which prompted much controversy when made public, was hastily dropped as it hurtled towards full-blown fiasco.
A spokesperson for Surrey Police said: ‘On Monday, October 3, officers attended an address in the Guildford area as part of an investigation into allegations of malicious communications (sending of indecent, grossly offensive messages, threats, or information) and harassment.
‘A 48-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of both offences.
‘A number of electronic devices were seized as potential evidence from this address under section 19 of PACE. Where an offence is alleged to have been committed on an electronic device, for example, it may hold a key piece of evidence and may routinely be seized during an investigation.
‘The woman was taken to Guildford Police Station where she was interviewed. She has now been released under investigation and inquiries remain ongoing’.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector David Bentley said: ‘There is significant commentary on social media around the perceived circumstances behind this investigation.
‘We do not have the freedom of detailing every stage of our inquiries or the specifics of an allegation on social media as it is critical we do not pre-empt or prejudice any future proceedings at any stage.
‘When we receive an allegation of a crime, in this instance one where a grossly offensive message is said to have been communicated, it is our job to assess it alongside any available evidence to identify if an offence has been committed.
‘If it has, we gather further evidence and carry out an investigation to prove or disprove the allegation. That is exactly the process that is being followed in this case.
‘The investigation into these allegations is very much ongoing and the relevant inquiries are being carried out.
‘We have a duty to protect the integrity of an investigation, so we will not be providing a running commentary on this case.’