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Police probe 'shocking and vile' Twitter threats to Jamie Vardy's baby daughter

Published 04/04/2016

Jamie Vardy's one-year-old daughter was the subject of Twitter abuse
Jamie Vardy's one-year-old daughter was the subject of Twitter abuse

Police are investigating after Twitter trolls made sexual threats against the one-year-old daughter of England striker Jamie Vardy.

The graphic abuse came after the Leicester player's fiancee posted pictures of the toddler wearing a Foxes shirt ahead of their match against Southampton on Sunday.

Leicestershire Police has launched an investigation into the shocking threats after a formal complaint was made on Monday.

Rebekah Nicholson tweeted the shots of her daughter wearing the blue T-shirt with 'Daddy' emblazoned on the back, which prompted rape threats on the social networking site.

She responded to one: "There are no words for people like you! You need locking up," while Vardy posted a screenshot of the threats, with the words "shocking and vile".

Leicestershire Police said: "Leicestershire Police is investigating a report of malicious communication being sent via social media.

"A report was made (on Monday) of an abusive message being received (on Sunday evening) by a woman on Twitter. Inquiries remain ongoing and the force is liaising with Leicester City Football Club."

Leicester called the abuse "shocking".

A spokesman for the Barclays Premier League leaders said: "We have offered our full support to Jamie and his family in dealing with this shocking abuse and referred the matter to the police."

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