‘Russian hackers’ seize Instagram account from Brit boy after Ukraine fundraiser

Russian hackers have reportedly targeted a a 12-year-old boy who went viral for his woodworking skills before raising £200,000 in funds for Ukraine.

Gabriel Clark's dad, Richard Clark, issued a plea on Twitter for people to follow his son's Instagram after the schoolboy was left "upset" by comments about his page by peers at school.

Gabriel, from Kirkby Lonsdale near the Lake District, went on to gather over 225,000 followers including some famous fans such as Radio 1 DJ Greg James, TV presenter Zoe Ball and YouTube star Joe Sugg.

Inundated with orders for some of his work, the teen launched a Bowl For Ukraine fundraiser which saw him raise more than £200,000.

Now, dad Richard claims the Instagram account has been taken down by "Russian hackers" with his page removed from the app, Lancs Live reports.

In a tweet sent by Richard, he said: "Hi lovely Twitter people – we desperately need your help. Gabriel's Instagram account has been hacked and the whole thing has gone.

"Russian hackers. Please please retweet – desperately need Instagram to contact us – do your thing lovely twitter people – he's going to devastated."

Gabriel's Instagram page, @clarkie_woodwork, is no longer on the Instagram app. Fans of Gabriel quickly rushed to respond to Richard, sending their well wishes and pleading with Instagram to get the page restored.

Ruby Thompson wrote: "That's awful! Instagram accounts are always getting hacked! They need to sort it pronto x"

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Sarah Dalton added: "@instagram @InstagramComms Please help sort this mess out ASAP!!!"

Steve Bond added: "Hope it can be all fixed, but he should take it as a great sign of his accomplishment how many 12 year old carpenters can say they have been targeted by a Russian President because of their humanitarian work against their regime.

"I'd wear that like a badge."

When Gabriel first went viral, dad Richard – who has directed TV shows including Doctor Who, Outlander and War Of The Worlds – admitted he did initially "panic" about his son's overnight fame.

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He said: “When I woke up the next morning after posting the tweet and saw how many followers Gabriel had on his page I did panic a bit, but it’s turned into something amazing.

“This isn’t about the mountain bike now – Gabriel just wants to do whatever he can to raise as much money as possible for kids in Ukraine.”

The winner of Gabriel's Bowl For Ukraine was announced on Easter Sunday (April 17) and they raised £254,678 in total following 14,153 donations. Their original target was just £5,000.

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