x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UK police arrest man over malicious Twitter message to Olympic diver Tom Daley

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of posting malicious Twitter messages directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley, UK police said today.

LONDON // A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of posting malicious Twitter messages directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley, UK police said today.

Mr Daley's father died of brain cancer last and the Olympian, 18, had hoped to win a medal "for myself and my dad."

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

Afterwards, Mr Daley tweeted a message saying "After giving it my all ... you get idiots sending me this ..." and retweeted a message from user "You let your dad down i hope you know that."

Dorset Police said that a 17-year-old man was arrested "on suspicion of malicious communications" in relation to Twitter threats made against Mr Daley.

Police said the man was detained at a guesthouse in Weymouth, the venue of the sailing events at the London Olympics, in the early hours of the morning, and is currently helping police with their inquiries.

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