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UK police arrest man over Twitter insult

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LONDON (AP)

Police say a man has been arrested in connection to Twitter postings directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

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

Afterward, a Twitter user sent him several negative messages, including: ''You let your dad down i hope you know that.''

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

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

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