By Marcus Leach

Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne has offered a £30,000 reward on Twitter to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for threatening his daughter.

Durham Police confirmed that they had received a report from Mr Bannatyne saying he and his daughter had been subject to threats on social media site Twitter.

"Durham Constabulary can confirm Duncan Bannatyne has reported a number of threatening messages he had received via email and Twitter in which threats were made against a member of his family," a police spokesperson said.

"These appeared to originate from an email address based in Russia.

"We have been liaising since then with Mr Bannatyne and conducting inquiries into the credibility of these threats."

The seriousness of the threats aside it shows the power of Twitter and social media, as Mr Bannatyne has been inundated with tweets offering help in the case.

"My family is well protected but I take any threat to them very seriously and will do all I can to ensure the person or people involved are caught," Mr Bannatyne said in a statement.

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