Giles Coren’s home daubed with ‘Dawn Foster Forever’ after he ‘mocked the death of journalist’

Times columnist Giles Coren’s house was daubed in graffiti and dog mess was left on his property last night after he was accused of posting ‘sickening’ tweets mocking the death of a person thought to be a young female journalist who had allegedly ‘trolled’ him.

The Twitter account of the 51-year-old, who has been a restaurant critic for the newspaper since 1993, included a post reacting to the death of an unnamed person who he claimed had said ‘vile and hurtful things’ about his family.

Screenshots widely shared by journalists on Twitter indicate that the first post was deleted and replaced with a rephrased version containing laughter, only for the second message to be removed a short time later. 

Many social-media users took his tweets to be an attack on journalist and author Dawn Foster, who died suddenly aged 33 last Thursday following complications related to long-term health problems.

It is alleged that Mr Coren was upset after Ms Foster suggested he got his Times job due to his family connections. His father was Alan Coren, a writer and panellist on shows such as The News Quiz and Call My Bluff, and his sister is TV presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell. 

The post on the journalist’s account said: ‘When someone dies who has trolled you on Twitter, saying vile and hurtful things about you and your family, is it okay to be like, ‘I’m sorry for the people who loved you, and any human death diminishes me, but can you f*** off on to hell now where you belong’?’ 

BBC presenter and Times columnist Giles Coren

Dawn Foster

BBC presenter and Times columnist Giles Coren’s house was daubed in graffiti last night after he posted ‘sickening’ tweets mocking the death of a person thought to be journalist Dawn Foster, who had allegedly ‘trolled’ him

Amid a mounting backlash, the exterior of Mr Coren's house in London was last night daubed in graffiti paying tribute to Ms Foster which read: 'Dawn Foster Forever'. A red heart was drawn underneath

Amid a mounting backlash, the exterior of Mr Coren’s house in London was last night daubed in graffiti paying tribute to Ms Foster which read: ‘Dawn Foster Forever’. A red heart was drawn underneath

The Twitter account of the 51-year-old, who has been a restaurant critic for the newspaper since 1993, included a post reacting to the death of an unnamed person who he claimed had said 'vile and hurtful things' about his family

The Twitter account of the 51-year-old, who has been a restaurant critic for the newspaper since 1993, included a post reacting to the death of an unnamed person who he claimed had said ‘vile and hurtful things’ about his family 

The second tweet read: 'When someone dies who has trolled you on Twitter, saying vile and hurtful things about you and your family, is it okay to be like, 'I'm sorry for the people who loved you, and any human death diminishes me, but, HA HA HA HA HA HA'?'

The second tweet read: ‘When someone dies who has trolled you on Twitter, saying vile and hurtful things about you and your family, is it okay to be like, ‘I’m sorry for the people who loved you, and any human death diminishes me, but, HA HA HA HA HA HA’?’

The second tweet read: ‘When someone dies who has trolled you on Twitter, saying vile and hurtful things about you and your family, is it okay to be like, ‘I’m sorry for the people who loved you, and any human death diminishes me, but, HA HA HA HA HA HA’?’ 

Amid a mounting backlash, the exterior of Mr Coren’s house in London was last night daubed in graffiti paying tribute to Ms Foster which read: ‘Dawn Foster Forever’. A red heart was drawn underneath. 

Sky News political correspondent Kate McCann said on Twitter: ‘I tend not to wade into arguments on here (we all have better things to do) & I didn’t know Dawn Foster, but some things are just too awful to say out loud. 

‘I don’t believe in drowning out opinions I don’t like but I don’t think we should let bad things go either. It wasn’t OK.’ 

Journalist Ash Sarkar retweeted a screenshot of Mr Coren’s second tweet and wrote: ‘Dawn Foster once said Giles Coren had a famous dad, and he never forgave her for it.

Social media users have hit out at the 'sickening' tweets

Social media users have hit out at the ‘sickening’ tweets

‘No wonder it rattled him so much: a working class journalist, who had to fight for every scrap she got, called out the third-best Coren.’

Writer Carl Kinsella posted online: ‘I’ve tried to just log off and ignore it but Giles Coren openly laughing about the death of Dawn Foster has honestly put me through the wall.

‘He won’t even lose his job for it, and in a just world he would lose an awful lot more than that.’

Author Seamas O’Reilly tweeted: ‘So glad that rampant cancel culture is definitely actually a real thing that exists, because it means we can all look forward to Giles Coren suffering even one tiny consequence for gleefully rejoicing in Dawn Foster’s death.’

James Butler, co-founder of Novara Media, paid tribute to Ms Foster and called her death ‘a terrible loss’. 

He said: ‘Dawn never wavered in her belief in a better world, and was never shy about fighting for it. She did not modulate her beliefs in pursuit of professional advancement.’

Mr Coren and News UK, which owns the Times and Sunday Times, both declined to comment when approached by MailOnline. 

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