'I am scared for my family and livelihood': Fears of Take Me Out Contestant sent death threats by vile internet trolls on Twitter
15:01 GMT, 24 March 2012
Looking for love: Charles during his appearance on the popular show Take Me Out
Vicious internet trolls have threatened to 'bottle' a TV dating show contestant and even set his farm on fire in a barrage of vile abuse on Twitter.
Cyber bullies targeted Take Me Out contestant Charles Sherwin following his appearance on the popular ITV1 programme last Saturday.
One user going by the name Marc Hutchy posted: 'I'm gunna dump a hundred rats in a metal container and heat it up with a bunsen-burner, then put them through your post box'.
Another posting as Rob Burdaky tweeted: 'My mate's gunna release an angry swarm of locusts to absolutely terrorise your crops – get the harvest done rapid.'
The tweets immediately followed the screening of him on a date with farmer's daughter Steph, on the show hosted by Paddy McGuiness, another read: 'Think I'd have to bottle that t*** Charles on Take Me Out'.
Trolls: Some of the vile abuse dished out to Charles after he appeared on the show
Abuse: Another vicious tweet sent to TV dating show contestant Charles Sherwin
Having been bombarded with the vile
tweets the 38-year-old from Cheshire hit out on the social network site
saying 'Too all my haters out there I'm not for dropping dead just yet I
hope, so get lost, pick on someone else.'
He has since said that he would never have gone on the show had he known what kind of abuse he was in for.
Speaking to the Sun, he said: 'I am scared for my family and my livelihood, it's terrifying.
'If I'd known I was going to become one of the most hated men in the country I'd never have gone on.
Take Me Out: Steph kept her light on for Charles in the dating show Take Me Out and their date was screened on the popular programme last week
'People said I was arrogant, flash and vain – I'm not any of those things, it's horrible and upsetting.'
The attacks come in the same week that law student Joshua Cryer admitted sending racist messages to former England footballer Stan Collymore on the site.
Cryer, 21, was arrested after the ex-Liverpool striker turned radio pundit contacted police in January and on Tuesday he was given a two-year community order.
Foolish: Student Joshua Cryer, 21, sent former footballer Stan Collymore a series of racist tweets. He was spared jail this week after appearing at Newcastle Magistrates' Court
The final-year student at Newcastle University’s acclaimed Law School was also told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.
Collymore said he has repeatedly faced racist abuse on Twitter and called on the Government to make it clear what is legal.
‘Some people believe freedom of speech means you can say anything to anyone,’ he wrote. ‘You can’t.’