Twitter Trolls target Leeds cancer fight tot for second time

Riley Hoult pictured with his mum Sophie
Riley Hoult pictured with his mum Sophie
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Twitter trolls this afternoon targeted Leeds cancer fight toddler Riley Hoult for the second time within days.

Sophie Hoult, 20, of Middleton, was shocked to receive a direct message to her personal Twitter account today which abused her son’s appearance.

It was just one of three abusive messages sent directly to Miss Hoult.

The heartbroken mum has said the abuse about her seriously ill 23-month-old son, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment, made her want to cry.

Miss Hoult reported the incident to Twitter and is hoping the account will be closed down.

Last week, a Twitter account called @funny_cancer was shut down by the website.

The action was taken after tweets were posted using 23-month-old Riley’s photograph as the account’s profile picture.

Tweets from that account included: ‘people with cancer deserve to die’ and ‘cancer is funny because people die.’

An upset Miss Hoult temporarily closed down @RileysJourney_ Twitter account yesterday afternoon after the latest incident of abuse.

She set up accounts in Riley’s name on Facebook and Twitter to share her son’s cancer fight story in a bid to raise awareness of neuroblastoma.

Riley is undergoing chemotherapy at Leeds General Infirmary after being diagnosed with the illness at the end of November.

Miss Hoult said after the latest trolling incident: “He doesn’t deserve any of this.

“I don’t know why they are coming for him and attacking him like this.

“It makes me want to cry and cry and cry and I feel as though I want to go and find this person and ask them why they are doing it.”

Dozens of Twitter users joined in calls for the first abusive account to be closed down last week. Ashley Gilkes tweeted: “This page is sick. Have reported this to Twitter. Riley is a beautiful brave boy. Cancer is not funny and neither are you.”

In December, TV personality Kim Kardashian tweeted a message of support to Riley. Ms Kardashian wrote on Twitter: “I’m praying for you little man.”