7th Feb 2012 9:22am | By Editor
Kylie Minogue has reported a stalker to police after she was sent threatening messages on Twitter.
The Aussie popstrel - who refers to her fans as "lovers" - wrote: "I love 1,033,861 of you LOVERS, but 1 is not a lover, just a deluded weirdo making threat #andthatdoesnotmakeyouspecial So..police alerted."
Hundreds retweeted the message and vowed to protect her.
One wrote: "I hope whoever's threatening @kylieminogue knows there's more than 1,000,000 of us ready to jump to her defence."
Kylie later posted: "LOVERS you know who you are! #LoversArmy."
The incident comes as an independent parliamentary inquiry concluded that England's laws on stalking are "not fit for purpose" and must be reformed.
The inquiry found that training within the criminal justice system to tackle stalking was "woefully inadequate" and that just 2 per cent of recorded complaints on stalking ended in a custodial sentence.
Stalking is presently not a specific offence under English law, and is instead dealt with under harassment legislation.
The inquiry's findings call for stalking to be made a criminal offence in England and Wales - as it is in Scotland - and will propose a national register of stalkers. The register would enforce a duty on police to inform new partners who may be at risk, and there would also be a bill of rights for victims and mandatory training for police and prosecutors.
Kylie's most recent stalking drama is not her first. In 2003, she received more than 300 threatening letters at her home in Chelsea, and to her British record company, EMI.
The singer has also claimed to have been stalked by a fan for five years, but said she believed he meant no harm.
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