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  • 2 June 2014, 9:18

Web Troll Sent Death Threats To Countdown Star

A man who sent hundreds of tweets to Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and Coldplay's Chris Martin has been ordered not to contact the two celebrities.

Anthony Wells, of Chelmsford,Essex, admitted harassing Riley with distressing messages including death threats on Twitter.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said a second charge of similar harassment against Martin was not pursued following Wells' admission.

The CPS sentenced Wells to a hospital order under the Mental Health Act.

A restraining order has also been imposed to protect the two stars.

Punam Malhan, the East of England Crown Prosecutor, said: "Everyone should be able to go about their daily lives free from harassment caused by someone deliberately making offensive, violent messages about them on social media.

"We take allegations of this kind very seriously and especially where there is evidence of a course of conduct which causes fear or distress to someone, regardless of whether a victim is in the public eye or not."

He added: "Martin indicated that a plea to the charge involving Riley would be acceptable to ensure that Wells gets the medical help he needs.

"He was content for us to not to proceed in relation to the remaining charge."

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