A schoolboy is being trolled on Twitter after he said he hopes cancer-sufferer Bradley Lowery ‘dies on his birthday’ in a vile social media post.
Bradley is battling a rare childhood neuroblastoma and was presented with the Child of Courage award at the Pride of the North East ceremony on Thursday.
The youngster, who just celebrated his sixth birthday from his hospital bed, has captured the nation’s hearts over the past few months as he has struggled with his terminal illness – even befriending England striker Jermain Defoe.
But one teenage boy targeted Bradley in a cruel Instagram post, writing: ‘I hope he dies on his birthday, that would be the one way to make it even better.’
A schoolboy is being trolled on Twitter after he said he hopes cancer-sufferer Bradley Lowery (pictured) ‘dies on his birthday’ in a vile social media post
One teenage boy targeted Bradley in a cruel Instagram post, writing: ‘I hope he dies on his birthday, that would be the one way to make it even better’
Northumbria Police have confirmed they are investigating after the schoolboy said to be responsible was trolled in return.
A tirade of abuse against the teenager has appeared on Twitter and police say they are taking steps to protect him.
A spokesperson for the force said: ‘We’re aware of messages sent on social media regarding Bradley Lowery and want to reassure people that we are currently looking into it.’
It comes as the youngster was trolled back in February, with his family writing on social media: ‘We have seen a lot of trolling about Bradley, it’s a shame we have to read it as it’s not like we have enough going on #hurtful.’
After dozens of people flocked to their support, they later wrote: ‘On a positive note, thank you to all that support Brad and his fight.
‘Your encouragement and support gets us through the bad days #grateful’
Bradley, pictured arriving at the Pride of the North East with his family, was wearing a new suit
Despite being in pain, little Bradley Lowery still managed to thank supporters for their birthday messages in a touching video
It comes as the youngster was trolled back in February, with his family writing on social media: ‘We have seen a lot of trolling about Bradley, it’s a shame we have to read it as it’s not like we have enough going on #hurtful’
Despite feeling ill Bradley, an avid Sunderland United fan, was still able to enjoy a birthday tea party at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he is being treated.
Bradley, of County Durham, was diagnosed with the disease in January 2013 and his parents Gemma, 33, and Carl, 32, have been raising money in a bid to send him to America for pioneering treatment ever since.
He has made multiple appearances on the pitch with Defoe in recent months, and the footballer visited him in hospital on Thursday.
He revealed at the awards ceremony last night that his relationship with the ‘inspirational’ lad even makes his mum emotional.
Wearing a Sunderland shirt which thanked the club and fans for their support, Bradley walked on to the pitch in the arms of England striker Defoe, with whom he has struck up a close bond
Bradley celebrated his sixth birthday from his hospital bed on Wednesday, but was well enough to attend tonight’s award.
On his birthday, family members joined Bradley in hospital and held a tea party.
In the video, Bradley says: ‘Thank you for all my birthday messages everyone’, before giving a double thumbs up to the camera.
Posting it on Facebook, his mother wrote: ‘Bradley not been feeling the best today but he still made the most of his tea party at the play room even though he was on his bed.
‘He has a little message for all use lovely people that have wished him a happy birthday.’
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe led the birthday wishes to Bradley this week, tweeting: ‘Happy birthday to my best mate. Hope you have a special day and I’ll see you later this week.’
The message gained more than 6,500 retweets in less than three hours and got #HappyBirthdayBrad trending in the UK.