Under the headline ‘Arrest of a champion diver’, the Liverpool Mercury (Saturday 17th September 1892) reported:

Thomas Burns, 25, who describes himself as the champion diver, residing at 113 Farnworth-street, Liverpool, was taken into custody by the Ayr police yesterday for diving into tidal water from the new and old bridges. He first jumped from the new bridge and was warned by the police, but, disregarding the warning, he then dived from the old bridge. He was liberated on 10s [about £50 in today’s money] bail, stating that he intended to dive from the Forth Bridge.

The Dundee Courier reported on the same day that Tommy had created a sensation in Ayr. The report also stated that a stranger had paid the bail money to release Tommy.