A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and is helping the police with their inquiries after Olympic diver Tom Daley was sent a malicious message over Twitter.
Tom, 18, took part in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event yesterday – missing out on a medal after coming in fourth place with diving partner Pete Waterfield.
After putting in his best effort, Tom was sent a spiteful message from a user called Rileyy69, which said,
“You let your dad down i hope you know that.”
Tom’s father Rob tragically passed away last year from cancer. Tom re-tweeted the nasty comment and responded to the tweet by saying,
“After giving it my all... you get idiots sending me this...”
A police spokesperson had now confirmed that a 17-year-old is assisting the police in investigating the Twitter abuse,
“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,” the statement in The Mirror concludes.
After the news of Rileyy69’s deeply hurtful and insensitive tweet spread around the web, the Twitter user attempted to apologise for his remarks, writing,
“TomDaley1994 I'm sorry mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics I'm just annoyed we didn't win I'm sorry tom accept my apology.”
Poor Tom. Some people really are stupid.