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Monday 23 October 2017

Richard and Judy's horror at rape threats to daughter

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have confirmed they have made a formal complaint to the police after online rape threats were made against their daughter Chloe.

The family said they have handed over "a substantial amount of evidence" to the police.

The 27-year-old was the target of trolls after she defended comments made by Finnigan during a debate around the future of rapist Ched Evans, in which her mother said his crime was "non violent" and did not cause "bodily harm".

A statement from the family said: "Our family has now made a formal complaint to the police about cyber-stalking, harassment and, most recently, rape threats made against Chloe on Twitter.

"We have presented the police with a substantial amount of evidence, and they have launched an immediate investigation.

"We will be making no further comment at this time."

Judy's comments caused a wave of criticism.

Meanwhile, footballer and convicted rapist Ched Evans has asked for a "second chance" to resume his playing career after making a fresh bid to clear his name upon his release from prison.

In an online video, five days after he walked free from jail, the 25-year-old said he was sorry for cheating on long-term girlfriend Natasha Massey in May 2011, but offered no apology to his victim.

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The former Sheffield United striker served half of a five-year jail term, and said his lawyers had already taken steps to try to overturn the conviction. He has always maintained the sex was consensual.

Katie Russell, for Rape Crisis England and Wales, said: "There is nothing that really constitutes news in the video statement.

"In it he does not express remorse for his crime, accept responsibility for it, or apologise to his victim.

"As the well-funded publicity campaign behind Ched Evans continues, we appeal to the media not to forget the woman at the heart of this story and to show respect and consideration for her."

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