1. ITV Report

Jamie Vardy: Police investigate Twitter rape threats against Leicester City star's one-year-old daughter

Jamie Vardy during Sunday's 1-0 win over Southampton. Credit: Reuters

Police are investigating "vile" Twitter trolls who threatened to rape Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy's one-year-old daughter.

Vardy's fiance Rebecca Nicholson was bombarded with sexual threats - which are too graphic to publish - after tweeting a picture of their daughter wearing a Leicester City shirt with "Daddy" number 9 on the back.

The England international shared screengrabs of the threats, calling them "shocking and vile".

Vardy's fiance also responded to one of the tweets, saying: "There are no words for people like you - you need locking up."

The accounts have since been either suspended or deleted.

Vardy with his fiance Rebecca Nicholson. Credit: Twitter/Rebecca Nicholson

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson confirmed to ITV News that officers were investigating the abuse and were in contact with Leicester City.

Leicestershire Police is investigating a report of malicious communication being sent via social media.

A report was made today (Monday 4 April) of an abusive message being received yesterday evening (Sunday 3 April) by a woman on Twitter.

Enquiries remain ongoing and the force is liaising with Leicester City Football Club.

– Leicestershire Police

A spokesperson for Leicester City told ITV News that the messages were "shocking".

We have offered our full support to Jamie and his family in dealing with this shocking abuse and referred the matter to the police.

– Leicester City

Vardy, 29, has played a pivotal role in table-topping Leicester's stunning season.

The club moved closer to securing their first ever league title with a 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.