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Man Arrested Over Malicious Tweets Directed at Olympic Diver Tom Daley

Dorset Police said early Tuesday that a 17-year-old man was arrested "on suspicion of malicious communications" in relation to Twitter threats made against Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012  |  Updated 1:09 AM PDT
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Man Arrested Over Malicious Tweets Directed at Olympic Diver Tom Daley

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British Olympic diver Tom Daley was on the receiving end of malicious Twitter messages after his fourth place finish in the 10-meter synchronized platform competition.

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of posting malicious Twitter messages directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley, U.K. police said Tuesday.

Daley's father died of brain cancer a year ago and the 18-year-old Olympian had hoped to win a medal "for myself and my dad." But he finished fourth on Monday, out of medal contention, in the 10-meter synchronized platform competition with teammate Pete Waterfield.

Afterward, Daley tweeted a message saying "After giving it my all...you get idiots sending me this..." and retweeted a message from user (at)Rileyy69 which said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that."

Dorset Police said early Tuesday that a 17-year-old man was arrested "on suspicion of malicious communications" in relation to Twitter threats made against Daley.

Police said the man was detained at a guest house in the southwestern coastal town of Weymouth in the early hours of the morning, and is currently helping police with their inquiries.

In Britain, tweeting messages considered menacing, offensive or indecent can lead to prosecution.

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