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Teenager arrested over Twitter abuse of Team GB star Tom Daley

Police in Dorset have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the abuse aimed at the Olympic diver

Tom Daley
Tom Daley
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POLICE IN DORSET in southwest England have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with abusive tweets sent to the Team GB diving star Tom Daley.

The tweet was sent to the Olympic diver after he and his partner Peter Waterfield missed out on a medal in Monday’s synchronised 10 metre platform diving event at the London Games.

The content of the tweet, which was retweeted by Daley, concerned his father, Rob, who died last year from brain cancer.

Police in Dorset said on Twitter this morning that 17-year-old man was arrested this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area and that enquiries are continuing.

Daley, 18, is one of Team GB’s big medal hopes but finished a disappointing fourth in yesterday’s diving event and will be hoping to secure a medal in the individual event later this week.

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