17-Year Old Arrested Over Tom Daley Twitter Abuse
The Team GB diver was attacked on the website yesterday...
Police have announced that they have arrested a 17-year old man in connection with a series of abusive messages sent to Olympic Team GB diverTom Daleyon Twitter.
After Daley narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal in the men's synchronised diving final with partner Pete Waterfield yesterday (30th July), he was subjected to a number of taunts from a user on the micro-blogging site, with one even referencing the death of the athletes father.
The 18-year old retweeted a message from the man, which said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that", adding the comment: "After giving it my all...you get idiot's sending me this…"
The tweeter later apologised to Tom, claiming that he didn't know Daley's father had died, but then continued to bombard him with a number of negative posts, calling the teenager an "over-hyped pr*ck", a "little p***y" and "an absolute waste of space."
He then added: "i'm going to find you and i'm going to drown you in the pool you cocky tw*t your a nobody people like you make me sick."
Following the attack from the troll, Dorset police confirmed in a tweet today (31st July): "Regarding tweets to @TomDaley1994 - 17-year-old man arrested this morning at a guest house in the Weymouth area. Enquiries continue."
They also previously confirmed that it was "aware of the issue and... actively looking into it".
Daley has since taken to Twitter to thank his fans for their support, stating that he is now looking forward to his next Olympic event.
He wrote: "Thank you everyone for all your support before, during and after the synchro, the atmosphere was incredible! Now focussing on the individual."