A man who sent abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy has admitted threatening to rape a feminist campaigner.

John Nimmo, 25, from South Shields, on Tuesday pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates to abusing Caroline Criado-Perez online after she launched a successful campaign for Jane Austen to feature on a new £10 note.

He is due to be sentenced on January 24.

Nimmo was one of five suspects who allegedly sent abusive tweets to the women.

The CPS charged two in relation to tweets targeting Ms Criad-Perez.

Isabella Sorley, 23, of Newcastle also admitted sending menacing tweets to her.

A third suspect who targeted Ms Criado-Perez was not charged due to insufficient evidence.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: “In respect of one other suspect, who allegedly sent offensive messages to Stella Creasy MP, we determined that although there was sufficient evidence that an offence had been committed under Section 127 of the Communications Act, it would not be in the public interest to prosecute, having applied the Director’s guidelines and having particular regard to the young age and personal circumstances of the suspect.

“In relation to the fifth suspect, we have asked the police carry out further investigation before a charging decision can be made.