Piers Morgan’s wife Celia Walden reveals they have installed a panic button in bedroom

Piers Morgan has installed a panic button in his bedroom following death threats made against him. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, contacted police last week after receiving horrifying threats online.

Writing in her Telegraph column, Piers’ journalist wife Celia Walden, 45, told how the police visited their home and a security engineer installed a panic button should they need to contact authorities immediately.   

Security: Piers Morgan has installed a panic button in his bedroom following death threats made against him

Security: Piers Morgan has installed a panic button in his bedroom following death threats made against him

Piers was sent a message on Instagram from a user that read: ‘@PiersMorgan your a marked man, calling the police, big tech or beefing up your security isn’t going to stop us getting to you, this isn’t a threat Piers it’s a promise, your getting killed. [sic]’

This was followed by another message directed at the broadcaster’s son Spencer which said: ‘Watch your back @spencermorgan if you don’t get your dad, you’re getting it or your mum is’.

Discussing the threats, Celia 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 [daughter Elise] 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.’    

Threats: Piers' wife Celia Walden told how the police visited their home and a security engineer installed a panic button should they need to contact authorities immediately

Threats: Piers’ wife Celia Walden told how the police visited their home and a security engineer installed a panic button should they need to contact authorities immediately

Celia added she worries about older family members who may not realise how common social media threats are and would fear for her and Piers.

The journalist also said she became ‘incensed’ at the idea she may have to look behind her every time she goes out to exercise. 

Celia called for an end to social media anonymity to help combat threats made by trolls and noted Facebook is helping police to track down the IP address of the person who made the post.

She wrote: ‘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.’ 

Celia wrote: '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'

Celia wrote: ‘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’

Piers was told in a comment on an Instagram post he shared of him and son Spencer at Kensington’s Holland Park, that he was a ‘marked man’. 

The presenter brought the messages to the attention of his 7.7 million Twitter followers, writing: ‘Another day, another death threat’ and asking fans to help track down the person behind the account. 

He then revealed that further steps have been taken and that he had involved the Metropolitan Police. 

He wrote: ‘UPDATE: I’ve reported these death threats to @metpoliceuk and look forward to hearing back from them. 

Shocking: The Good Morning Britain host was told in a comment on an Instagram post he shared of him and son Spencer at Kensington's Holland Park, that he was a 'marked man'

Shocking: The Good Morning Britain host was told in a comment on an Instagram post he shared of him and son Spencer at Kensington’s Holland Park, that he was a ‘marked man’

The commenter added that contacting the authorities or beefing up his security 'isn't going to stop us getting you' and warned: 'This isn't a threat Piers it's a promise, your (sic) getting killed'

The commenter added that contacting the authorities or beefing up his security ‘isn’t going to stop us getting you’ and warned: ‘This isn’t a threat Piers it’s a promise, your (sic) getting killed’

Piers wrote on Wednesday: 'UPDATE: I've reported these death threats to @metpoliceuk and look forward to hearing back from them. 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'

Piers wrote on Wednesday: ‘UPDATE: I’ve reported these death threats to @metpoliceuk and look forward to hearing back from them. 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’

‘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.’

When it was suggested by one follower that the police report would not result in any action, Piers responded: ‘Well they’re definitely taking this seriously.. they’re round my house now taking a statement.’

A Met Police spokesman told the Daily Star: ‘We have received a report of malicious communications relating to messages sent on social media. Enquiries are ongoing.’ 


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