Cops arrest man over Olympic tweets

2012-07-31 13:00
London – Police say a man has been arrested in relation to malicious Twitter postings directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Daley’s father died from brain cancer a year ago and the 18-year-old Olympian had hoped to win a medal “for myself and my dad”.

But he finished fourth yesterday, out of medal contention, in the 10m synchronised platform with teammate Pete Waterfield.

Afterward, a Twitter user sent him several negative messages, including one which read: “You let your dad down i hope you know that.”

Daley responded by tweeting: “After giving it my all... you get idiots sending me this...”

Dorset police said early today that a 17-year-old man was arrested “on suspicion of malicious communications” in relation to Twitter threats made against Daley.

Police said the man was detained at a guest house in Weymouth, and is currently helping police with their inquiries.

In Britain, tweeting messages considered menacing can lead to prosecution.