A teenager in the United Kingdom was this week arrested after he sent abusive messages to an Olympic athlete via Twitter. Great Britain's Tom Daley yesterday tweeted about a malicious message sent to him on Twitter after he and his diving partner came fourth in the 10m platform diving event. The 18-year-old athlete expressed frustration that he was receiving negative messages after having given the competition his all.
"After giving it my all...you get idiot's sending me this...RT @Rileyy_69: @TomDaley1994 you let your dad down i hope you know that," the diver posted to his Twitter page. Daley's father died last year after a battle with brain cancer. The user behind the tweet, @Rileyy_69 sent several more messages to Tom Daley, telling the young diver that he had let his entire country down and that he hadn't done his best. Rileyy_69 later apologised profusely to Daley, however, having received no response from the Olympian, he reverted to more hateful messages including one that said he hoped Daley would go on to lose the individual event as well.
The BBC today reports that a 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications. Dorset Police say they acted after receiving a report from a member of the public 22:30 BST on Monday but it's not yet clear if the teenager was arrested for the comments made about Tom Daley or any of the subsequent messages sent out to other Twitter users. These included threats of violence against other users and Tom Daley.
According to the Huffington Post, police held the 17-year-old for several hours before releasing him. The teenager was issued a harassment warning and told that detectives would be investigating his other messages and that he may be summoned for further questioning. The @Rileyy_69 Twitter account now appears to have been hacked.