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07/09/2015 08:02 BST | Updated 07/09/2015 08:59 BST

‘Sherlock' Stars Amanda Abbington And Martin Freeman Contact Police After Receiving Chilling Online Threats Including Photo Of Baseball Bat Covered In Barbed Wire

Sherlock’ actress Amanda Abbington has revealed she’s been forced to contact police after being sent chilling threats via an online blog.

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The 41-year-old and her partner and ‘Sherlock’ co-star Martin Freeman were targeted by an anonymous blogger who posted a message to the couple, accompanied by an image of a baseball bat covered in barbed wire.

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The shocking photo was captioned with the words: "Shall we start prepping for a possible funeral?"

Another message accused the couple of giving their ‘Sherlock’ co-star Benedict Cumberbatch a "bad name".

The message read: "Both Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington are starting to give Benedict and all his fans a bad name! They both seriously just need to shut up and f***ing die already!"

Amanda took to Twitter to expose the threats, sharing the images from the blog post.

The tweet, which has since been removed, read: "To the coward who's since shut this blog down. We've already informed the police sweetie. They have all the info."

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‘Sherlock’ fans quickly took to Twitter to offer their support, with one tweeting: "Absolutely right to inform the police. This is utterly sick and disgusting. Take care of yourselves x. Sending love xx"

A source close to the pair told The Sun: "This is nothing new to them, but they are not prepared to put up with threats on their life.

"These messages were incredibly sinister and they are well aware of the obsessive nature of a certain number of Benedict fans. Hopefully whoever is behind this will be caught and prosecuted."

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