A grieving mum has slammed "disgusting" trolls using a picture of her dead son to make profiles on internet dating sites.
Samantha Redding was sickened to find one of her most treasured snaps of her late son Scott Martin on Tinder and Bumble this weekend.
They were being used under a fake username after the 16-year-old amateur boxer took his life on New Years' Day.
The 41-year-old Falkirk mum became aware of the profiles after screenshots were sent to her eldest son and her sister, the Daily Record reports.
The snaps were ripped from The Scott Martin Foundation she set up in a bid to help children and young people struggling with mental health problems.
Speaking through tears the tormented mum said: "It's disgusting.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
"It felt like someone had punched me in the gut.
"That is one of my favourite pictures of Scott and to see it used for some sicko's idea of a joke, or whatever it is, is absolutely devastating."
Two separate accounts have appeared on Tinder under the false ID of 'Thomas, 18, professional boxer' – while another on Bumble lists Scott as 'Harry, 18, from Dunblane '.
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Both accounts use Scott's boxing picture from his days at Sparta Boxing Club in Falkirk.
Samantha has since contacted both sites to have the profiles removed.
Apprentice joiner Scott was found dead in Camelon Cemetery in Falkirk on the morning of January 1 2021.
He had been at a friend's house to celebrate Hogmanay and following the party, was supposed to be heading straight to his dad David Martin's home to spend New Year's Day with him.
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Tragically, the teen never arrived and was found dead the following morning in the graveyard by a couple who were walking their dog.
Samantha said: "His friends left him at one end of the cemetery and it was a 15 minute walk from there to his dad's house, but he never made it. Somewhere on that walk home he made the decision to take his own life."
Samantha says that although she knew her middle son was struggling with mental health issues, he had been 'getting better' in the weeks before his death so the news of his suicide was a gut-wrenching blow.
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A spokesperson for Tinder said: "First and foremost our thoughts are with Scott Martin’s loved ones.
"We have a zero tolerance policy for this type of behaviour and in this case the violating profile has been removed.
"Our team uses a network of industry- leading systems to prevent, monitor and remove inappropriate behaviour and suspicious profiles flagged through this technology as well as member generated reports."
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A spokeswoman for Bumble confirmed that the profile using Scott's image has now been deleted from their site.
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