British police said yesterday they were investigating a suspected attempt to blackmail Tamara Ecclestone, socialite and daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

The 27-year-old, Bernie's elder daughter  from his marriage to second wife Slavica, a Croatian model, is said  to have contacted police after allegedly receiving threats to reveal details about her personal life.

A London Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "On Monday (Dec 5) police on Kensington and Chelsea borough received a complaint regarding an inappropriate communication relating to the release of personal information.

The allegation was assessed and is now being investigated as blackmail."