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A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communications after Brit Olympic diver Tom Daley was swamped by abusive tweets. The unnamed 17-year-old suspect was cuffed at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area earlier today, according to the BBC. Dorset police's press office wasn't responding to calls from The Register at …

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Assuming this is the person responsible all I can think is 'Well done Dorset Police'!

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... and we can be safe in the knowledge that all police forces will act with equal vigour and speed - whether the target is an Olympic Games contestant, or not.

(and that rumbling sound you just heard was a squadron of pigs getting ready for takeoff)

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I share your doubts that less famous folks would get so quick a response from plod but that doesn't mean they're wrong to arrest this clown. He's made a death threat and that's against the law.

Hopefully this will scare the shite out of the wee scrote, Tom Daley will decline to press charges and that'll be an end to the matter but arrest is the correct response - IMO of course.

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I live in weymouth, and I have to say, the police force aren't all that amazing.

A corner store over the road from me was robbed, woman who ran it assaulted by three people. Police were called and there within 30 minutes. Funny enough the press got there first.

My mum had seen some kids hanging around teh store out back where teh woman was attacked, so I basically ordered her to tell the police.

The police had no clue what road they were on, didn't know there was an alleyway about 10 paces from the place the woman was attacked. Thick as two short planks. I imagine this was more somebody smart giving the details and dorset police just sent in to make the arrest. Probably had to use gps to find the right street.

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I think the pillocks coming on here and welcoming 'thought crime' and a police state with police/state sanctioned sensibilities are even worse than the silly little plank (who at least apologised for his purile behaviour) who tweeted this diver. Does totalitarianism and channelled thought make you feel more secure!??

If you people weren't so dangerous you would be laughable.

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Do you know what that comment is so far fetched apart from the thumbs down icon it isn't even worthy of a response.

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So posting death threats online is OK with you now, and you're calling US dangerous? Or is it all in good fun because he apologized after people turned on him?

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You are dangerous. You don't know the difference between moronic sites like twitter and real life. You are the type of person who applauds the police investigating six year old kids for homophobic or racist 'hate crimes' in the playground. How do morons like you think we survived the internet circa 1990-2005?

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@Colin Camper

Colin...be a good boy...come inside and get your medications now please. You're hours past time for them.

You know how irrational you get when you miss a dose.

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You seem to think that publishing death threats is a new crime. It isn't. It has been illegal to publish death threats since well before the internet arrived. The only difference is that before the internet you would have to print off and distribute the death threats yourself. All the internet does is enable imbeciles to publish their death threats more easily.

I don't care if a death threat is written in a tweet, cut out pieces of newspaper or puppy dogs entrails, you should be able to go about your everyday life without having to put up with them and whomever sends one should be punished.

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Thought crime?

Thought crime would be if they arrested you for reading his tweets.

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Maybe you should look before you speak. He did not actually threaten anybody. He just indicated his father would be disapointed in him for not winning a medal. Now, it's a cruel thing to say, but it is not a threat and the police need their asses kicked.

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Upvoted for "puppy dogs entrails"

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Looking before you speak

Perhaps before using a phrase like that you should click the link in the story to see his other tweet, which included not one but two death threats, one by shooting and one by drowning.

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It's not me - Very original and witty. Maybe you should do stand up or appear on Dave TV.

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Anon - Maybe you should ask an intellectual what the difference is between 'publishing' something and moronic, purile sites like Twitter. Just because, in your head, you have elevated twitter into something it is not does not mean that I, anyone else or especially the Police should. Now go to bed it's way past your bedtime.

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Sadly, not true. The worst of it did not get reported.

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"He's made a death threat and that's against the law."

Someome threatened to blow up and airport on Twitter.

How credible was that?

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> How do morons like you think we survived the internet circa 1990-2005?

I would suggest the 'Malicious Communications Act 1988' might have helped? Aside from the death threat the original message to a man who had lost his Father would have been offensive. If you are claiming that since 2005 we live in a police state you should note the date on this act is 1988.

Also if you remember the 90's the predecessor's of twitter were the Bulletin boards and News all of which had moderators and AUP's.

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Arresting is over the top but...

...there are a lot of trolls out there (mainly young men it seems) who haven't quite grasped the concept of opening your (virtual) gob in a public place. It's all very well to spew forth bile and excrement when sitting in front of your TV and in front of your mates at your local, but if you go on Twitter and make stupid trollish comments and death threats then you're just a massive prick.

Saying that, I think arresting the teenager for this offence is too harsh. A name and shame and leave it like that will suffice. Good luck to Tom Daley for the individual diving event.

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Re: Arresting is over the top but...

"It's all very well to spew forth bile and excrement when sitting in front of your TV and in front of your mates at your local"

No. No it isn't.

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Re: Arresting is over the top but...

You should read some of his tweets, he threatens a lot of people and is generally a very nasty character or he has some very real mental health issues. Either way it is something the Police should be involved in, although I think they should have been involved a long time ago not just because an Olympic celebrity caught a dose of verbal abuse from him.

Clearly a kid with no boundaries, his parents must be ever so proud!

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> "It's all very well to spew forth bile and excrement when sitting in front of your TV and in front of your mates at your local"

> No. No it isn't.

Seconded.

Cosmo - glad I am not your mates.

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Re: Arresting is over the top but...

You should also take into account the timeline. The worst of Rileyy's tweets were after Tom Daley set his fan club on him. When he felt the force of the fan club Rileyy could have reacted in one of two ways, shut up or shout out. He chose the later.

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> Seconded.

> Cosmo - glad I am not your mates.

The feeling's mutual if your skin is that thin. I'm not saying that it is "right" to spew forth bile and excrement. But if you're going to do it, do it in the privacy of your own home instead of on Twitter. Have you never had a rant at the telly over something a politician / z-list celebrity has said or done?

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Re: Arresting is over the top but...

Scroll back further in his timeline it appears he has form for personal attacks.

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Arresting is not OTT at all.

> Have you never had a rant at the telly over something a politician / z-list celebrity has said or done?

Yes but. Everyone has the right to shoot politicians. Society as an whole appears to be against it though. And it is illegal. Even so merely shouting at them is the absolute minimum and it just isn't enough to get their attention.

As for celebrities. If they are like that whore Dianna, or superannuated unreality TV oiks -just in it for the kudos then they are fair game too.

But when it comes to those who aspire to be the best then they have the shelter of us lesser mortals. And fully deserve it. If you do the crime, you do the time, unless you shoot, stab or in other ways not specified, maim or kill a politician.

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Don't worry, they'll be arresting Tom for his apostrophe abuse shortly.

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Re: Arresting is over the top but...

What he meant was:

"It's all very easy to..."

(all very well does not mean it's good, it's approved of.)

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The police aren't the same as the mental health services. The police should only be involved if someone is actually violent. I'd say a written warning and a recommendation that he seek some counselling is more than sufficient for a first offender.

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Threats of physical violence ARE against the law.

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That's the way - do it in the privacy of your own home, and then go on an internet forum to talk about how big, clever and grown-up it is. Idiot.

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True, but just like the recent twitter airport case it has to be a realistic threat and common sense is needed.

It's pretty obvious that this guy was not going to kill Tom and the threat was around the level of a parent telling their child 'I'll kill you"

Basically this guys been arrested for being a bit mean, which personally I find a bit worrying.

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Well done

This was obviously a credible threat. I hope they investigate his relationship with Al-Qaeda.

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"You are not being hanged for stealing a horse ...

but that horses may not be stolen."

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I am certainly not going to criticise Daley for his unrequired apostrophe in "idiot's" then.

This Riley chap clearly is an idiot, but aren't 17 year old boys supposed to be? Arrest seems a bit OTT.

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What?

OTT for threats to kill?

Joke or not, he made a threat to kill and published it on the internet, he's certainly criminally stupid if he thinks that's the sort of thing you can get away with.

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Arrest IS a bit harsh for being a nob...

However, he should be made to publicly apologise and then warned any further "gob shite threats" will result in further consequences....

Community service or charity shop work will occupy his clearly dreary days.

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So how do you make him do community service without arresting him?

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Well, he HAS been arrested, i merely postulated that being arrested for being a gob shite was a bit OTT.

Further reading would suggest removing his access to the intertubes would be a more fitting punishment.

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Bwahahahahaaaa

17 years old and lists his home site as pornhub.com. LOL.

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The Frankie Boyle angle

"You're telling everyone how shocked you are by a teenager's twitter feed on an iPhone that was made by a slave who wants to commit suicide." - Frankie Boyle tweet

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Fixing the problems of the world's socio-economic policies is not something easily achievable. Fixing a troll who clearly bit off more than he could chew is easily achievable.

We change the things we can.

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Frankie Boyle demonstrates his ability to jump on an incorrect bandwagon.

The factory in question has a lower suicide rate than other factories (a lot lower). Listen to (the excellent) More or Less from easier this year where the "high suicide rate" was covered.

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"earlier" (not easier).

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Love how this thread managed to go off on to Foxconn factories and suicide - good old el Reg!

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I see from the BBC report on this story that the idiot attempted some drastic back-pedalling when it was clear that his tweets were far from popular with the wider community. As previous people have observed, most 17-year-olds have not yet developed the requisite amount of common sense to speak in public but I can't help but think what a fool he is and that he deserves some kind of chastisement. I hope no charges are brought, as that would seem a bit OTT..... but it depends very much on the wording of the 'darker threats' mentioned in the article.

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Obviously some are more equal then others in the eyes of the law...

This kind of thing happens thousands of times every day and the police receive hundreds of complaints relating to similar acts of 'online bullying'... But would they arrest and cuff a teenager if this particular case had only involved 'normal' members of the public? Would they fuck.

Every sympathy for Tom Daley but he's obviously just a naive 18 year old with a lot to learn about media and PR - re-tweeting something like this in the first place was just plain stupid.

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Not sure I get you. Seems to me that Daley's PR hasn't suffered at all and in re-tweeting it he highlighted what a tool that troll was.

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Compare and contrast

Is what this boy did any worse than @NotSteveDorkland?

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