Wednesday, August 1, 2012

British police have located and arrested a teen who trolled British Olympic diver Tom Daley with a hateful message referencing Daley’s late father.

The unnamed 17-year-old was arrested in Weymouth on suspicion of malicious communications, according to the BBC. A member of the public alerted police Monday night, according to the report. A police spokesman was unable to confirm whether the arrest was a direct result of his tweets directed at Daley.

Daley, 18, has more than 580,000 followers on Twitter. His fourth-place finish in the 10-meter synchronized diving contest on Monday was seen as a disappointment in his native country. One follower appeared to take the sentiment too far. After the event, Twitter user @Rileyy_69 sent Daley a public message reading, “you let your dad down i hope you know that.” According to, the messages later included the threat, “I’m going to find you and I’m going to drown you in the pool . . . ”