The family of Love Island star Ollie Williams are employing security to keep a 24-hour watch on their home following the fury over his trophy hunting photos.
Animal rights activists left threats on an answer machine message on their Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall after images of Ollie emerged posing next to slaughtered animals in Africa.
His horrified parents Andrew and Clare Williams have also alerted Devon and Cornwall Police, who are now investigating.
Quit: The family of Love Island star Ollie Williams are employing security to keep a 24-hour watch on their home following the fury over his trophy hunting photos
Ollie quit the ITV2 show after just three days following the backlash.
A family source confirmed to 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.’
Mr and Mrs Williams are currently away from their Cornish home, a former vicarage, which is on the edge of the sprawling 2000-acre Lanhydrock estate near Bodmin.
Local Security firm Coast 2 Coast is keeping a round-the-clock watch on the house – even photographing the registration plates of every visiting car
Danger: Animal rights activists left threats on an answer machine message on their Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall (above – family home not pictured) after images of Ollie emerged posing next to slaughtered animals in Africa
Controversy: Love Island viewers have been in uproar after photos of the heir to the 2,000-acre Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall emerged of him proudly posing beside a warthog, water buffalo and giant eland to promote his hunting business
Controversy: Ollie quit the ITV2 show after just three days following the backlash- his exit will be shown on Wednesday’s episode
A well-placed source said: ‘The guards are not just there to keep the press at bay.
‘There has been some threats made against Ollie and his family from animal rights activists after images of him on trophy hunts were made public.
‘There has been a security presence at the family home today and there will be for the foreseeable future. It is round-the clock and the guards are working in shifts to keep watch.
Terror: His horrified parents Andrew and Clare Williams have also alerted Devon and Cornwall Police, who are now investigating
‘Everyone who visits is having their details recorded and the registration plates of their vehicles photographed as a precaution.’
Ollie, 23, was pictured posing with a dead warthog, water buffalo and a giant eland – listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The now deleted snaps were said to have been uploaded on to the Instagram account of Ollie’s hunting business, Cornish Sporting Agency.
The business is listed on Companies House as a ‘hunting, trapping and related service activities’ and is registered at the Lanhydrock estate, now controlled by the National Trust after being given away by Ollie’s great-great uncle in 1953.
Defiant: A petition calling for his removal from Love Island was signed by 35,000 people and Ofcom said that Ollie was the subject of more than 400 complaints
He’s off! Ollie said he quit the show realised he was still in love with Laura Nofer, who he split from last year (pictured together at Royal Ascot in June 2018)
In one of the photos, Ollie is seen kneeling beside one of the animals with the caption: ‘You’ve gotta love it when you put your binos up and see a bull like this on the other end!’
The Cornish Sporting Agency, which was taken offline in November 2018, offered hunting trips to countries like Mozambique and South Africa as well as bird shooting in the South West of England and deer stalking in New Zealand.
Sources close to Ollie claim the photos were of him ‘culling sick animals’ and that it was untrue that he is involved in hunting for sport. Instead he has been described as a ‘passionate conservationist’ who has worked with an anti-poaching unit in Mozambique.
However a petition calling for his removal from Love Island due to his links with trophy hunting was signed by 35,000 people and Ofcom said that Ollie was the subject of more than 400 complaints from outraged viewers.
Denial: Sources close to the contestant previously denied any suggestion that he has hunted for sport after pictures emerged of Ollie posing alongside a variety of dead animals
Among those criticising him were TV adventurer Ben Fogle who said: ‘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?’
Wildlife TV presenter and co-host of the BBC’s Springwatch Chris Packham added: ‘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.’
ITV refused to make any comment tonight when contacted by MailOnline in light of the threats made against Ollie’s family.
Love Island continues on Wednesday on ITV2 at 9pm.
Cutting his losses: Ollie had been coupled up with Paige Turley and didn’t think it was fair to continue on the journey with her when he was in love with someone else