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Shane Warne seeks police protection

Los Angeles, February 6: Former Australian international cricketer Shane Warne is reportedly seeking police protection from a freelance photographer Jamie Fawcett, accusing him of tormenting his family.

Warne said he has lodged a complaint with Victorian police against Fawcett, claiming the Sydney paparazzi photographer is following his family.

The champion leg-spinner confirmed the police complaint to the Herald Sun newspaper, though declined to give further details.

The celebrity snapper Fawcett is well known for his long-running tangles with screen actress Nicole Kidman.

Warne reportedly became enraged after Fawcett clicked photographs of his three children - Brooke, Jackson and Summer.

In his complaint, the cricket champ has claimed Fawcett has been staking him out, amid speculation that Warne and his ex-wife Simone Callahan have patched up the differences.

A series of pictures of Warne, Callahan and their three children holidaying at a Victorian beach fetched an estimated $50,000 from a gossip magazine ‘New Idea’ last month.

Meanwhile the notorious snapper has denied former cricketer’s claims that he is harassing the Warne family, but said Warne recently had confronted him outside a Melbourne cafe.

In defense of his actions, Fawcett said: "He did say to me at one stage that he'd rung the police and knew all about me. But I'm very careful about how I follow celebrities these days. Whilst I and my colleagues do a lot of work in relation to Shane Warne, we keep it all very low-key.

“In fact, I could almost say that on 95 per cent of occasions he actually wouldn't know we were there. I don't badger celebs."

In November 2007, Kidman told an Australian court that she screamed and feared for her life as the well-known paparazzo chased her car across Sydney when she was on the ride to her parents' home for dinner on Jan. 23, 2005. The actress also claimed Fawcett planted a listening device outside her Sydney home.

Warne, who is widely regarded as one of the finest leg spin bowlers in the history of cricket, retired from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia's 5-0 Ashes series victory over England.