Ollie Williams’ family home ‘has 24-hour guards as activists target estate’

Ollie Williams' family home in Cornwall is reportedly being targeted by animal activists, leading to security guards keeping a 24-hour watch.

The Love Island star quit the ITV2 show after just a few days because he is allegedly still in love with his ex, Laura Nofer, who he split from last year.

His departure from the reality show has come during a furore surrounding photos of Ollie appearing on social media that show he enjoys trophy hunting.

This led to a petition calling for his removal from the Love Island villa due to his links with trophy hunting, which was signed by 35,000 people.

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Ofcom also confirmed that Ollie outraged viewers and was the subject of more than 400 complaints.

Ollie lives at his parents' Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall and since the images appeared online, animal rights activists have allegedly left threats, which has prompted the round-the-clock security detail.

MailOnline has reported that Ollie's parents, Andrew and Clare Williams, have reported the messages to Devon and Cornwall Police, who are now investigating the matter.

A source close to the family told MailOnline: "There has been a threat. It was in the form of a message left on an answer machine on the estate.

"The Police have been informed and are investigating who is behind it."

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Ollie's parents have left the 2000-acre estate near Bodmin for a break as a security firm keeps guard, photographing any vehicle that comes close to the house.

A source has claimed that the trophy hunting photos misrepresented Ollie and that he was actually 'culling sick animals' but this has not been universally accepted as an feasible reason for the pics.

Ollie has been criticised by a number of high-profile animal lovers, with Ben Fogle commenting: "I have spent many years exploring the subject of big game animal hunting.

"And, although it is often excused by hunters as a 'tool for conservation', I find it difficult to stomach the notion of hunting for pleasure.

"I don’t think it is respectful to pose next to a dead animal that you have just shot. Where’s the empathy in that?"

BBC’s Springwatch Chris Packham also waded in on the argument, saying: "What on earth are ITV thinking about giving this man a platform?

"You can’t give a platform to people who are killing wildlife for fun."

*Love Island continues on Wednesday on ITV2 at 9pm.

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