Threats to wife of police union leader

A MYSTERY caller has threatened to kill the wife of the police union president in the lead-up to the state election.

Police Association of Tasmania president Pat Allen said the anonymous calls started with a threat in the early hours of Wednesday.

He said the matter had been reported to authorities.

Constable Allen said he was certain that the threats, made to his wife's personal mobile phone, were linked to the election.

``The quote was, `Tell your f------ husband to back off or you're dead, you c---', and that was to my wife,'' he said.

``It was a male voice.

``And then the phone rang just about every hour for the rest of that night.

``And on the days afterwards, a call every hour where there is heavy breathing, then it hangs up.''

Constable Allen said his wife had never been threatened before.

No threats have been made against him.

Constable Allen said the incident shocked his wife, but she remained stoic.

``I am very, very capable of handling weak, gutless people like that,'' he said.

``It's just a weak, gutless attack by pathetic people.''

Constable Allen said that in the early 1990s, police association executives received similar calls to their home phones.

``I was told of these things first-hand,'' he said.

``These are the tactics being employed in this election.''

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