Police in the U.K. have launched an investigation into allegations veteran British actor Bill Roache has been bombarded with death threats.

The Coronation Street star, father of Law & Order actor Linus Roache, hit headlines this week (beg18Mar13) after he gave a controversial Tv interview in which he suggested victims of sexual abuse are paying the price for actions in their "previous lives".

He subsequently apologised for his comments, insisting his remarks had been misconstrued, but Roache has reportedly been deluged with sick threats via social networking websites.

A campaign has also been set up on Facebook.com calling for the actor to be sacked from his longtime role in soap opera Coronation Street.

Police officers in Manchester, England have now confirmed they are investigating reports the star has been threatened.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police tells the Daily Star, "We are looking into it. We have a team of officers assigned to monitoring social networking websites to establish whether crimes have been committed."