X Factor winner Joe McElderry cancels concert at the last minute after receiving death threats

Joe, 26, was about to take to the stage when he was made aware of it.

He immediately told staff to evacuate the 500-strong sell-out crowd.

Many later sent him messages of support. Violet Liane tweeted: “Safety always comes first, you are very wise to cancel.”

The Empire, in Consett, Co Durham, received the letter six days before Friday’s gig and told cops.

A spokesman for Joe, the 2009 X Factor champ, said: “He was mortified to cancel.

“Had we known earlier we’d have had extra security and it would have gone ahead.”

Beefed-up security was arranged for his gig in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, the following night.

The Consett show will be rescheduled with tickets honoured or refunded.

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