In a shocking twist to the story, Police reveal that it was after these threats that the teenager was arrested by them.
Police have insisted that the law with regards to electronic communications is enforced equally for all people, not just celebrities, with officers being asked to investigate 14,000 pieces of content on Facebook in the last 12 months alone. A spokesperson said “We don’t just deal with people who are famous. People have the right to freedom of speech but it has to be within the law.”
It has also further been confirmed by the Police that the arrest was not made due to a complaint from Tom Daley but was done after complaints from members of the public.
Reece Messer is currently on Police bail, pending further investigation into other messages sent on his Twitter account, which, if he is found guilty could lead to a jail sentence of 6 months and a fine of up to £2500.
Reece’s family have said that the teenager is in need of help and is currently having psychiatric difficulties. His father said “I’m quite shocked. Reece badly needs help. I’m heartbroken this has happened to him”.
Some lawyers, however, believe that Reece is lucky as it is possible that he could have been charged with ‘making threats to kill’ which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
His father, in a statement to the Daily Mail said
“I think the police should be involved, but he doesn’t know what he’s saying. He just doesn’t think about it. We’ve had a long history with Reece. It all started when he was about eight years old, he was quite normal up to that point. Then he started going to school, insulting the other children, saying things like “Your mum’s a prostitute” to the other little boys. After that there were other problems in school. He’s just gone off the rails. He suffers from ADHD. But he won’t take his medication. I just want to say sorry to Tom Daley and wish him every success in the future.”
Following an apology to Tom Daley after his initial outburst it has been confirmed that Reece Messer said that he was going to drown the Team GB diver and that he was a ‘cocky t**t’.
Legal experts have said that it was absolutely necessary to act after threats of violence had been made.