Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley
Arrested on suspicion of malicious communication
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communications after Brit Olympic diver Tom Daley was swamped by abusive tweets.
The unnamed 17-year-old suspect was cuffed at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area earlier today, according to the BBC. Dorset police's press office wasn't responding to calls from The Register at time of writing.
It's understood that cops began investigating the activity of certain Twitter users, including the detained teenager, after it was revealed last night that Daley had been bashed by an internet troll on the 140-character messaging site.
Daley, whose father died of brain cancer in 2011, came fourth in the men's synchronised 10m platform diving Olympic event on Monday. The 18-year-old ace athlete retweeted the abuse from the Twitter account-holder who goes by the handle Rileyy_69.
However, the writer behind Rileyy_69 account – who appeared to swing between apologising and flinging outright abuse at Daley – also made darker comments on the micro-blogging site, including posting a threat to "drown" the world-champion diver. ®
... and we can be safe in the knowledge that all police forces will act with equal vigour and speed - whether the target is an Olympic Games contestant, or not.
(and that rumbling sound you just heard was a squadron of pigs getting ready for takeoff)
Re: Arresting is over the top but...
You should read some of his tweets, he threatens a lot of people and is generally a very nasty character or he has some very real mental health issues. Either way it is something the Police should be involved in, although I think they should have been involved a long time ago not just because an Olympic celebrity caught a dose of verbal abuse from him.
Clearly a kid with no boundaries, his parents must be ever so proud!
This was obviously a credible threat. I hope they investigate his relationship with Al-Qaeda.