It’s been reported today that a boy who’s just 14 years old waged a relentless “hate campaign” against the cast and crew of EastEnders, which only ended after the police tracked him down.
The Daily Mirror reports that the youth, who can’t be named for legal reasons, sent vile emails to staff of the show at “an alarming rate” and he simultaneously flooded internet forums with similarly abusive messages.
A show insider said, “It was the talk of the set for several months and a lot of people were frightened.
“This person was emailing specific details about EastEnders’ staff and there was also sickening abuse appearing online on lots of different forums.
“It got very serious and the show’s bosses in particular were getting a lot of grief over decisions being made…
“It was like this poster was on the set with some of the detail he knew.
“At first it looked like a group of angry, vicious viewers but as it got more sinister we looked into it and found it was just one sick individual.”
The paper adds that in a letter sent to “reassure” worried staff, EastEnders’ company manager Carolyn Weinstein confirmed that the boy had now been cautioned by police.
She said, “He operated under a significant number of multiple identities and conducted the abusive harassment over a lengthy period of time across numerous platforms – emails to BBC staff, forums and BBC message boards.
“He created the false impression that numerous people were engaging in abusive and negative conversations on our site, as well as other forums.
“We trust the action taken on this matter shows we will not tolerate the abuse or bullying of our staff and treat their welfare with the utmost seriousness.”
A Hertfordshire Police spokesman confirmed that a 14-year-old boy had been given a formal warning over the matter.
An EastEnders’ spokesman apparently declined to comment on the matter.