UK police arrest man over Twitter insult

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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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