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Police catch Broads troll who made series of chilling online death threats

PUBLISHED: 10:33 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:07 29 October 2017

Miles Weston, the administrator of an online Norfolk Broads forum has opened a case against an Internet troll who made deaths threats against him. Picture: Courtesy Miles Weston

Miles Weston, the administrator of an online Norfolk Broads forum has opened a case against an Internet troll who made deaths threats against him. Picture: Courtesy Miles Weston

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Norfolk police have caught the internet troll accused of making a series of chilling death threats against the administrator of an online forum and are “considering what action to take next”.

A screen grab of the threat made against Miles Weston. A screen grab of the threat made against Miles Weston.

The troll, who went by the name Dreamer, threatened to track down Miles Weston, the administrator of Norfolk Broads Forum (www.norfolkbroadsforum.co.uk), saying: “you’ll be killed, bagged, and thrown into the river”.

The suspect also tried to extort £50,000 from him.

Mr Weston reported the matter to police and a Norfolk police spokesperson said: “The suspect has been identified and spoken to. Officers are now considering what action to take next.”

One of Dreamer’s messages to Mr Weston read: “You have called me far too many names, and I cannot allow your mockery to go without recourse.

“You just signed your own death warrant, sir. Your boat is going to be tracked to a point where you’ll be killed, bagged, and thrown into the river.”

Mr Weston said he was happy that the person had been caught, but felt police were now trying to brush the matter aside.

“The officer told me police had spoken to the suspect for about 45 minutes and that they are not from the area,” he said.

“They questioned why I shared the threats on my forum and would not give me any further information on the person, not even if it was a man or woman.

“They tried to make out it was all a joke. But that’s like making a joke about a bomb on an aeroplane - it’s not appropriate.”

Mr Weston said he felt police wanted him to accept the suspect’s apologies and not press charges.

“I just feel there is more to this as it seems a strange course of action for police to take. I’d like the person to be prosecuted and the matter brought to justice. Some of the threats made were too graphic or disturbing to share and I became a bit paranoid because I had no idea who this person was.”

Asked what action members of the public could take if they received online threats, the police spokesperson said: “We would urge anyone to contact the police on 101 if you believe you are being threatened, harassed or are receiving offensive messages.

“The level of action we take would depend on the nature of the communication and everything would be handled on a case by case basis.”

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