Piers Morgan says police are ‘seriously’ investigating death threats he received on social media

TV presenter says he contacted police after receiving death threats against him and his family

Louis Chilton
Thursday 18 February 2021 14:57 GMT
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Piers Morgan has said that he has been forced to go to the police after receiving death threats on social media.

The Good Morning Britain presenter and former News of the World editor shared a screenshot of his notifications on Instagram, which included threats and abuse from members of the public.

One social media user had described Morgan as a “marked man” and said he would be “killed”.

Writing on Twitter on Wednesday (17 February), Morgan said that he had reported the threats to the metropolitan police.

“I’ve reported these death threats to @metpoliceuk and look forward to hearing back from them,” revealed Morgan.

“I’m also keen to hear what steps @instagram @Facebook are taking to identify the person who made the death threats on their platform & has now deleted their account.”

The presenter also said that police were “definitely taking this seriously” and updated followers as officers were “round my house now taking a statement”.

Morgan has decried abusive social media activity in the past.

On the anniversary of Caroline Flack’s death on Monday (15 February), he wrote: “One thing I’ve learned in the past year: many of those who use the hashtag #BeKind on social media are staggeringly unkind & abusive people.”

A Met Police spokesperson told The Independent: “On Wednesday, 17 February, police received a report of malicious communications relating to messages sent on social media.

“Officers have spoken with the complainant in person. At this early stage, it is believed that the person responsible for the posts may have deleted the associated social media accounts.

“Enquiries remain ongoing.”

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