Twitter User Threatens ‘Dragons’ Den’ Star Duncan Bannatyne’s Daughter

Duncan Bannatyne

The Daily Telegraph reports that Scottish millionaire entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, as seen on the British TV series Dragons’ Den, has hit out against a Twitter user after receiving threats against his daughter, Hollie.

Beginning on Sunday (July 31), a user by the name of Yuri Vasilyev started tweeting Bannatyne, asking for an estimated $57,000 (£35,000), or his daughter would be seriously hurt. From there, Bannatyne apparently tracked the person in question’s IP address back to Moscow. And today, he presented a $40,000 (£25,000) reward via Twitter for the “capture of the coward who calls himself @YuriVasilyev_. Double if his arms are broken first.” The tweet was later deleted.

“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.” Bannatyne later said in a statement.

Police in Durham County are now investigating the situation, BBC News reports. However, Bannatyne remains active on Twitter, having offered nearly $49,000 (£30,000) several hours ago for any relevant details or tips that would help lead to an arrest.