Daley urged to ditch Twitter after youth reprimanded by police over vile threats
19:24 GMT, 31 July 2012
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A 17-year-old youth arrested after a
malicious tweet was sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley has been issued with
a harassment warning.
Dorset police said the teenager was bailed pending an investigation into other communications on his Twitter account.
He was detained at a guesthouse in Weymouth hours after 18-year-old Daley received messages on the social networking site.
Daley and his Team GB diving partner
Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal on Monday when they finished
fourth in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform diving event at the
Annoyed: Tom Daley hit out at the Twitter troll
Shortly afterwards, Daley retweeted a message from a user which said: '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…'
Daley's father Rob died last year from brain cancer.
Tom Daley was set to be urged to take a break from Twitter after receiving malicious messages.
Edged out: Daley and partner Peter Waterfield finished in fourth
British Olympic Association chef de
mission Andy Hunt said Daley needed to make a decision over his use of
the social-network website.
Daley – who Hunt claimed received
50,000 tweets on the day of Friday's opening ceremony of London 2012 –
will be advised to keep off Twitter two days before he competes in the
individual version of his event on August 10.
Asked if the 18-year-old needed to
stay away from the website from now until then, Hunt said today: 'That
is absolutely something that the coaching team will discuss with Tom.
'They need to make the decision based on what they've experienced over the past 24 hours.
'Everyone knows if you use social media extensively, you have to accept you get bad as well as good.
'Sometimes bad is wholly unacceptable, as we experienced last night, and that's been dealt with by the relevant authorities.'
Sorry: Waterfield (right) apologised to Daley after a bad dive
Too much: The pair made it too hard for themselves on the last dive
An apparent apology to Daley followed
from @Rileyy-69 last night but it has been alleged he later posted an
expletive-laden rant including a threat to 'drown' Daley.
Hunt branded the @Rileyy-69 tweets –
which the BOA said they had Twitter delete – as 'a threat' but insisted
Daley had not been affected by them.
'I've met this morning with Tom's coach and some of his other support staff,' Hunt added.
'Tom isn't affected by it and the team are absolutely focused on getting ready for the next round of competition.'
Daley's synchro partner Peter Waterfield tweeted this morning: 'For all
the haters out there, come do what we do then have ur say, Infact
achieve what we do, low life pr”ck! Until then shut ur mouth! Tom done
great it was my fault.'
Daley's close friend and Team GB diving team-mate Tonia Couch refused to
be drawn on whether the teenager should curtail his use of
Disappointment: The duo leave the pool afterwards
Couch, who also failed to win a medal in the women's synchro this
afternoon in front of the watching Daley, said: 'Tom's a strong boy.
'He can concentrate on what he needs to do and, at the end of the day, Twitter's Twitter.
'You don't need to look at it if you don't want to.'
Asked what she made of the abuse Daley had suffered, Couch added: 'Not much really, neither has Tom.
'We're just concentrating on the Olympics. That's what we're here to do.'
Despite the abuse of Daley and the expulsion of two athletes from London
2012 for sending offensive tweets, Hunt insisted the BOA did not need
to review their social-network guidelines.
They have largely left it up to individual sports and athletes when and
how often they tweet, revealing today the women's water polo team had
elected for a blanket ban, while hockey had a three-hour blackout around
Hunt added: 'We always said two year ago this was going to be the Twitter Games.'
Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village Duncan Goodhew, a gold and bronze
medallist in swimming at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, described the
behaviour of the Twitter troll as 'appalling'.