Malicious tweet for GB diver Tom Daley leads to teen’s arrest

31 Jul 2012

Team GB diver Tom Daley's Twitter page

Dorset Police have arrested a teenager after Team GB diver Tom Daley received a tweet telling him he had let down his late father after he and his partner Pete Waterfield came in fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event at the London 2012 Olympics yesterday.

“@TomDaley1994 you let your dad down i hope you know that,” @Rileyy_69 had tweeted.

Daley’s father Rob died in May 2011 from brain cancer.

Daley (18) responded to the message by tweeting back, “After giving it my all … you get idiots sending me this …”

Rileyy_69 then tweeted a couple of apologies, which said, “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,” and “please i don’t want to be hated I’m just sorry you didn’t win i was rooting for you pal to do britain all proud just so upset.”

That Twitter account has since been suspended.

Dorset Police arrested a 17-year-old at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications, BBC News Online reported.


Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic