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Benedict Cumberbatch ‘worried by creepy fan messages’

Benedict Cumberbatch is concerned he may have a stalker after a fan repeatedly turned up at his London home, it has been claimed.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly contacted police after finding creepy messages from a fan at his London home.

The Sherlock Holmes star lives in the English capital with his wife Sophie and baby son Christopher. But after an unnamed woman allegedly made repeated trips to his house to leave red ribbons on his car and a window of his property, the actor has felt the need to alert the law.

“Benedict is used to people mobbing him wherever he goes and he’s a good sport about it,” a source told Britain’s The Mirror newspaper. “But this individual has taken things to the next level and there was no option but to pursue official action. Turning up at professional events is one thing, but arriving uninvited at the family home is quite another.

“It might be that she thinks it’s harmless, but it does feel a bit sinister. Leaving red ribbons is obviously a bit of a game, but it does feel quite dark.”

The ribbons are thought to be a reference to Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes novel.

After the 39 year old alerted the Metropolitan Police to the strange behaviour, the woman has reportedly been issued with an official Police Information Notice (PIN) notice over harassment – which forbids her from contacting the actor.

The star, who has appeared in big movies including The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness and August: Osage County, has spoken in the past about his fans, who nickname themselves Cumberb**ches.

“There is some obsessive behaviour, which is quite worrying,” he said back in 2012. “I worry for them, not for me. I’m still very sensitive and wary of people recognising me. The only thing that really annoys me is people trying to surreptitiously take a photo on their phone without asking. I feel it’s cowardly and a bit pathetic. Just ask me if you really want me to have a photograph with you.”

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