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Police investigating Tom Daley Twitter troll

31 July 2012 No Comment
 Police investigating Tom Daley Twitter troll

Dorset police looking into apparent Twitter abuse after user contacted Tom Daley when he missed out on a diving medal

Police are investigating after a Twitter troll accused Team GB diver Tom Daley of letting down his late father.

Daley and his partner Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal on Monday when they finished fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event at the Olympics.

Shortly afterwards, Daley retweeted a message from user Rileyy69 which said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that.”

Daley responded by tweeting: “After giving it my all…you get idiot’s sending me this…”

Daley’s father Rob died last year from brain cancer.

Speaking before the Olympics, Daley revealed his father “gave me all the inspiration that I’ve needed”.

The 18-year-old told the BBC: “Winning a medal would make all the struggles that I’ve had worthwhile. It’s been my dream since a very young age to compete at an Olympics.

“I’m doing it for myself and my dad. It was both our dreams from a very young age.

“I always wanted to do it and Dad was so supportive of everything. It would make it extra special to do it for him.”

When news of the insensitive tweet spread, Rileyy69 attempted to apologise.

He tweeted: “TomDaley1994 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.”

He later added: “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.”

Dorset Police confirmed it was investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman said: “Regarding tweets to tomdaley1994 – we are aware of the issue and we are actively looking into it.”

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