TRISHA Goddard has revealed how her children were trained to open parcels that could have been 'bombs'.
The presenter was forced to prepare her daughters for the worst case scenario.
Discussing how dangerous her life was at the peak of her fame in the UK, Trisha, 62, said: "We had a Special Branch come to our house and teach our kids how to open parcels in case there was a bomb in it."
Trish's children Billie and Madison are now adults aged 30 and 27, respectively.
Speaking to DJ Fat Tony’s podcast The Recovery, she continued: "We also had safe places, I used to tell them where they could go in Norwich.
"That was because of my colour and not because of anything I had said.”
Trisha now lives in America but during the 90s lived in Norwich where Special Branch provided her with a safe house.
She recalled the time an armed unit appeared on her doorstep.
She said: "I was watching television with my then-husband and there was all this commotion in the drive, headlights, cops with flak jackets and armed units around the house banging on the door asking if I was all right.
“I had to say ‘Yes I am all right.’ And then you are told why it happened and that is even scarier as you were just watching telly.”
Trisha recently admitted she's been targeted with even more vile abuse since Leigh Francis apologised for his Bo Selecta 'racism'.
Leigh Francis wore rubber masks to play stars in his show from 2002 to 2004, and was confronted last month by Trisha, one of the black celebs he lampooned along with Craig David and Mel B.
Trisha contacted Leigh when the show first aired but was unable to speak publicly about it because she feared it would damage her career.
However, Leigh apologised after Trisha angrily accused him of hypocrisy when he joined in last month's Blackout Tuesday, a social media campaign for Black Lives Matter.
Trisha said the Bo’ Selecta star – also known as Keith Lemon – took her concerns seriously and even spoke to her daughter to hear her experiences of being bullied as a result of his show.
However, Trisha said the horrific comments and abuse has started up again as a result of her confronting the TV star forward.
She told Good Morning Britain: "I don't mind people joking about me, but it was the big lips the big nose of the character, and a lot of people said 'why didn't you say anything then', assuming I didn't.
"The other thing is people are saying 'lighten up it's a joke' but if he portrayed Vanessa Feltz, a proud Jewish presenter, with a big nose, or Gok Wan working in a Chinese takeaway, they are all abhorrent, and I didn't realise until very recently how badly bullied my children were.
"Since Leigh made that apology I have been subjected to even more abuse."
She went on: "(People saying) You've ruined his career just because you can't take a joke, and there have been threats."
Trisha said Bo’ Selecta left her feeling “hurt, distaste and disgust” but she refused to let Leigh shoulder all the responsibility.
She added: "It's not just down to Leigh, someone commissioned it, the whole thing, I don't want it to be about Leigh, it's about systemic racism."
She praised Leigh for speaking to her kids after they revealed they were bullied because of his portrayal of their mum.
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