Teenager reportedly arrested in relation to the malicious messages
The Twitter trolls have struck again, this time targeting Team GB's Tom Daley with comments about his deceased father only moments after he failed to win a medal during the men's synchronised diving competition at the Olympics.
If there's anything more impressive than a man prepared to jump off a 10m high diving board wearing little more than a pair of lycra pants, it's probably one who does it in style, so naturally we have a lot of respect for Tom and his partner Pete Waterfield's attempts to tumble their way to a medal.
If narrowly missing out on a place on the podium wasn't enough, Tom then had to deal with a malicious tweet he was sent about his father, who sadly died from brain cancer in May last year.
"You let your dad down I hope you know that," the message said.
Taking to twitter to speak out about it, Tom said: "After giving it my all..you get idiot's sending me this..." [sic]
It was nice to see the Twittersphere explode into a flood of support for the diver, but although the offending user apologised in a further tweet, it is now being reported that a teenager has been arrested in connection with the messages.
"Regarding tweets to @tomdaley1994 - we are aware of the issue and we are actively looking into it," a police spokesperson said.
"A 17-year-old man was arrested by Dorset Police officers in the early hours this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications," she continued.
"He is currently helping police with their inquiries."
We're pretty appalled by this and think that there's no excuse for making comments of that nature. But what do you think about all this?