Piers Morgan condemns 'despicable' trolls who added to hurt of family of Captain Sir Tom Moore

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Captain Sir Tom Moore appeared on Piers Morgan's Life Stories. (ITV)
Captain Sir Tom Moore appeared on Piers Morgan's Life Stories. (ITV)

Piers Morgan has condemned the “despicable” trolls who attacked Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family at their darkest hour.

The army veteran and charity fundraiser – who has died aged 100 after testing positive for COVID-19became the target of online abuse for travelling on his "bucket list" trip to Barbados over Christmas – before the new lockdown restrictions came into place.

Morgan revealed on Good Morning Britain that he had spoken to Captain Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and she had admitted how much the comments had hurt the family as they mourned her father.

99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, poses with family members, from left, grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia, at his home in Marston Moretaine, England, Thursday April 16, 2020, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden, raising millions of pounds for the NHS with donations to his fundraising challenge from around the world.  Moore started walking laps in his garden as a humble fundraising challenge to walk 100 lengths of his garden by his 100th birthday on April 30, and has now raised millions for the National Health Service and become a national rallying point during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  His family thought it would be a stretch to raise 1,000 pounds, but donors have pledged millions of pounds and still counting. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
Captain Sir Tom Moore with grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia. (AP)

The GMB host said: “The trolls who have been mocking and abusing Captain Tom and his family – before and after he died – Hannah told me how it hurt them.

“It hurt them at a time when they were at their darkest moment with their dad, their grandad. It just added a little bit more despair and hurt on to what they were suffering as a family.

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“And I hope you can live with yourselves, I really do. Because it was despicable. And the very worst of this country was some of the stuff I read on Twitter and social media in the last few days.”

Morgan, 55, called for tougher laws to penalise and prevent social media trolls being able to post and promote online abuse.

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He added: “The prime minister rightly condemned it, because we have to do something about this.

“The idea that people think it’s OK to abuse Captain Tom and his family after they raised £39m for the NHS, that they think they can abuse Marcus Rashford and the Black footballers, that they think they can do this with impunity and never suffer any consequences for it and never think about the misery that they inflict on their targets.

“Well, I can tell you you inflicted it on the Moore family in their darkest moment, you really did. And I think that is despicable.”

Captain Sir Tom – who celebrated his 100th birthday last year – had previously spoken of dreaming of travelling to the Caribbean.

After consulting with doctors, he and his family flew to Barbados on 11 December – before Bedford was placed into Tier 3 on 19 December and then Tier 4 on 20 December.

He returned to the UK on 6 January.

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Between 9 December and 12 January Captain Sir Tom was tested regularly for COVID-19 and each test returned negative.

At the weekend, a message from Hannah on his Twitter account announced he had been admitted to Bedford Hospital after being treated for pneumonia and then testing positive for COVID-19.

Captain Tom’s family confirmed the sad news of his passing on Tuesday 2 February.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Sir Tom’s daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.”

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