Collymore angry over Twitter trolls
Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused of Twitter of "not doing enough" to combat abusive tweets on the social networking site after he was targeted by internet trolls.
Police confirmed tonight they are investigating a series of offensive messages directed at the ex-England striker after the pundit suggested Liverpool striker Luis Suarez cheated by diving during last Saturday's match against Aston Villa.
Collymore retweeted some of the abuse he has received since the match - three days ago - to his 503,000 followers as he called on Twitter to take action.
He wrote: "In the last 24 hours I've been threatened with murder several times, demeaned on my race, and many of these accounts are still active. Why?
"I accuse Twitter directly of not doing enough to combat racist/homophobic /sexist hate messages, all of which are illegal in the UK."
He added later: "Several Police forces have been fantastic. Twitter haven't. Dismayed.
Later the 42-year-old, whose clubs in the 1990s included Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, said he was in contact with Staffordshire police about the abuse.
He tweeted: "Staffordshire Police coming, again. Just the 5th time. Pity twitter aren't interested.
"Police take all complaints seriously,whoever it is. I've waited 6 weeks for twitter to provide information to Police. Yet to respond."
Broadcaster Piers Morgan was also subjected to abusive tweets after he joined calls for police and Twitter to take action over the abusive messages aimed at Collymore.
The former tabloid editor tweeted: "I repeat, racist abuse & death threats both criminal offences in UK. So keep spewing it, trolls, and I will have you ALL dealt with."
West Midlands Police confirmed on its Twitter page that Staffordshire Police were investigating "alleged abusive tweets to Stan Collymore" and urged people to block and report abuse at www.report-it.org.uk.
A Twitter spokeswoman said tonight the company was unable to comment on individual users.
However she pointed out that targeted abuse was against its rules and the site had recently made it easier for users to report abusive messages to them.
There are "established processes" in place for working with law enforcement, the spokeswoman added.
- Boys to men: Frazer Clarke and Zach Parker eye ABAs glory in Liverpool
- SLIDESHOW: Solid start for TAG Racing and Buildbase BMW Motorrad at Brands Hatch
- Rolleston 3rds open up with a win in Six South but Trentside 2nds fall to a nine-wicket defeat to A&B
- Barton fireworks ensure a successful run chase
- Hospital chiefs reveal £1m cost of free parking
- Religious leaders back petition on food poverty as new data shows sharp rise in handouts
- Father 'gutted' over primary school choice
- Call for answers after mental health travel support axed
- 'I was trying to get out of it' says banned driver in Facebook posts
- Driving ban plea falls on deaf ears as man faces losing business