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

Former FC Halifax Town footballer Jamie Vardy.
Former FC Halifax Town footballer Jamie Vardy.

Police are investigating after Twitter trolls made sexual threats against the one-year-old daughter of England and former FC Halifax Town footballer Jamie Vardy.

The graphic abuse came after the Sheffield-born Leicester striker’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 today of an abusive message being received yesterday evening by a woman on Twitter. Inquiries remain ongoing and the force is liaising with Leicester City Football Club.”

Leicester City football club called the abuse “shocking”.

A spokesman 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.”