Tom Daley’s Twitter troll arrested after global campaign in the wake of Olympic loss
There is no helping some people. It is being reporting this morning that a 17-year-old has been arrested in Weymouth after malicious tweets were sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley following his disappointment yesterday in the Olympic synchronous diving competition.
Dorset Police said that a teenager was held at a guesthouse after 18-year-old Daley received the messages on social networking site Twitter.
A police spokeswoman said: ‘A 17-year-old man was arrested by Dorset Police officers in the early hours this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications. He is currently helping police with their inquiries.’
Regarding tweets to
@tomdaley1994 – 17-year-old man arrested this morning at a guest house in the Weymouth area. Enquiries continue.
— Dorset Police (@dorsetpolice) July 31, 2012
Daley and his Team GB diving partner Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal when they finished fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform.
Waterfield tweeted: “For all the haters out there, come do what we do then have ur say.”
The seriousness of the case is underscored by what happened to #IAmSpartacus tweeter Paul Chambers who only last week won his appeal over a joke bomb tweet after a two year ordeal.
Many online have questioned the arrest saying they have received similar comments. David Aaronovitch (@DAaronovitch) tweeted: “I don’t like this 17 year old idiot being arrested. I’ve had people write the same thing to me. Crassness shouldn’t be a crime.”
You get a good idea of how quickly it happened from these ten tweets put together by @TaylorherringPR.
Although these tweets below do not include the one that is thought to have got the police involved where @Rileyy_69 threatened to “drown” Daley.