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DJs involved in the Kate Middleton nurse prank have been moved to safehouses, according to reports on Thursday.
The two DJs behind the hoax call that led to the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, where Duchess Kate Middleton was being treated for extreme morning sickness, have also been put under 24 hour security guards to protect them from attack.
The measures have been put in place by their employers, 2Day FM, an Australian broadcaster, after fears of the safety of the DJs arose.
Nurse Saldanha was found dead just two days after DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called London's King Edward VII hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. They tricked the nurse into putting the DJs through to a colleague who updated them with private information about Kate Middleton's condition.
During the call Greig put on an accent to sound like the Queen and asked how her "granddaughter" was doing.
However, the nurse was said to be devastated at the breach of privacy, and two days later she apparently committed suicide.
Death threats have been received by staff working at the radio station, with one specifically identifying and threatening the life of Christian. The abusive letter stated that there were "bullets out there with your name on it," talking about Christian. It went on to threaten the DJ about a shotgun attack.
The threats have moved Australian police to start an investigation into the death notes.
Meanwhile, in London Westminster Coroner's Court opened an inquest on Thursday into the 46 year old nurse's death. It was detailed that injuries were found on the wrist of the nurse and that she had left three notes prior to her death; two in her hospital office, and another among her possessions.
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Detective Chief Inspector James Harman has announced to the press: "On Friday December 7 Jacintha Saldanha was found by a colleague and a member of security staff. Sadly she was found hanging.
"There were also injuries to her wrists. The London Ambulance Service was called to the scene. At this time there are no suspicious circumstances."
More than 2,500 complaints have reportedly been filed about the broadcast by 2Day FM to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which is Australia's independent media watchdog.
The radio station has insisted that it did not break any laws with its segment, although Australia's radio broadcasting code stipulates that it is a breach to record a person in conversation, and also air it, without their prior knowledge.
Here is a video of the recording of the controversial 2Day FM segment: