No charges over abusive tweet about Olympian Tom Daley

Olympic diver Tom Daley. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The teenager who sent offensive tweets about Olympic diver Tom Daley will not be charged with sending offensive messages, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has announced.

Daniel Thomas posted a homophobic tweet which was "no doubt... offensive" but prosecutors had to decide if it was so "grossly offensive" it was a criminal offence.

Because the tweet was aimed at his own followers only and Thomas deleted it after it had been spread further the CPS decided it shouldn't be treated as a crime.

This was in essence a one offensive Twitter message intended for family and friends which made its way into the public domain. It was not intendend to reach Mr Daley... It was not part of a campaign it was not intended to incite others and Mr Thomas resmove it reasonably swifty and had expressed remorse.

– The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer

Sejal Karia reports:

Mr Starmer added he was issuing guidelines to prosecutors about allegations involving social media and would like a debate about the limits of free spech in the Twitter age.