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Celtic super fan Jay Beatty targeted by trolls 'dozens of times'

His father Martin says ten of the worst cases have been referred to police.

By STV News

Published 15 Feb 2016.

The father of Celtic super fan Jay Beatty has revealed the 12-year-old has been targeted by internet trolls "dozens of times".

Martin Beatty said ten of the worst cases have been referred to the police.

Jay, who has Down's syndrome, became famous around the world after he was given a Scottish goal of the month award last year.

Martin said the abuse was "heartbreaking," with some coming from people as far away as Australia.

Earlier, Martin had the opportunity to meet a teenager who had threatened Jay online.

Police had arrested a teenager in connection with the hate crime and he was referred to the Children's Reporter, which recommended he take part in a special programme.

After taking part in the programme, the youngster expressed remorse for his actions and said he wanted to apologise to Jay's family.

Mr Beatty said: "I think it did help. I got everything I wanted to say off my chest and told him how we felt.

"We couldn't understand why someone would do that to a wee boy who doesn't have a bad bone in his body.

"At times it was emotional, but it helped me get closure and I think he took what I said on board."

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