Piers Morgan has panic button installed by police after family receive haunting death threats

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Piers Morgan has had a panic button installed at his bedside after receiving terrifying death threats, his wife Celia Walden has revealed.

The Good Morning Britain star contacted the police over the weekend after Piers and his family, including his sone Spencer, were targeted by trolls who sent death threats.

Piers, who recently agreed to sign up for Strictly if he can compete in a same-sex couple, reported the horrifying messages to police and later spoke out on GMB and vowed to crack down on this kind of behaviour.

A cruel troll made threats to Piers, Spencer and the TV star’s ex-wife Marion Shalloein a disturbing flurry of messages, calling Piers a “marked man” and saying Spencer and his mother should “watch their backs”.

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He told GMB viewers on Monday 22 February: “I called the police, they came round and took it very seriously. They're investigating this.

“I also got in touch with Facebook and some top people there because they own Instagram.

“I said, 'Look, it’s unacceptable', they’ve been co-operating as well. I'm going to go through the process and see what happens because I want to know, can you find these people?

“They've had their account deleted. OK, but who are these people who think it's acceptable to wish you a death threat on Instagram to my son.”

Piers’ wife Celia has now revealed the couple have had a panic alarm fitted in their bedroom as police are working with Facebook to track down the IP address of the troll.

Writing in her column with the Telegraph, Celia relived the moment police installed the device in her home.

She wrote: “It was only when I was told my phone number would be listed with a ‘rapid response’ unit specialising in death threats, and a security engineer came to install a panic button by our bed that would have the police there within four minutes, that a trembly feeling started up in my stomach.

“I thought about the nine-year-old I’d told to stay in her bedroom until “Daddy’s work colleagues have gone” and composed a convincing lie for when, as she inevitably did, my daughter asked what the contraption in our bedroom was for.

“I thought about the older family members and friends who might not understand how commonplace threats like these are, and feel disproportionately panicked on our behalf, despite having their own problems and ill health to deal with.

“I felt, initially, a basic irritation for them, and the prospect of having to look left, right and behind me every time I took my daily exercise’ Then I felt incensed.”

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Celia also shared her heartache that trolls are continuing to target people online, even in a pandemic.

She said: “Here we are, about to enter the second year of this waking nightmare and trying every day to quash the personal challenges and sadnesses we’re all facing, while somewhere in a basement, behind their anonymous egg-shaped profiles, these human vermin can think of nothing better to do than spread poison, and deliberately instil fear in others.

“I say a basement, but perhaps these people live above ground, alongside the rest of us. Maybe the person who set up an Instagram account purely in order to tell my husband he was going to be murdered was standing behind you in the supermarket this morning.”

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