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9:14am 31st July 2012
(Updated 9:14am 31st July 2012)

Police have arrested a teenager over taunting internet messages sent to Plymouth's Tom Daley.

It is after coming fourth in the synchronised diving.

Eighteen-year-old Daley was aiming to secure gold to go with the World and European Championships he has won since bursting on to the scene five years ago.

After the final, Daley tweeted: "#gutted so sorry everyone but we tried our best and you can't afford to miss a dive at this standard...bring on individual!"

He also hit out at a Twitter user who accused him of letting down his father, who died in 2011 from brain cancer.

Daley retweeted a message which said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that."

Daley tweeted: "After giving it my all...you get idiot's sending me this..."

The tweet by provoked a row on Twitter with some people calling for the user to be banned and the issue even trended worldwide on the social networking website.

The user later apologised, saying: "I'm sorry mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics I'm just annoyed we didn't win I'm sorry tom accept my apology."

Later, Dorset Police tweeted: "Regarding tweets to @tomdaley1994 - we are aware of the issue and we are actively looking into it."

On Tuesday morning a spokesperson said: "A 17-year-old man was arrested by Dorset Police officers in the early hours this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications.

"He is currently helping police with their inquiries."

Tom's gran Jenny said: "All we expect of them is to do their best. He knows that and he knows we are still proud of him. We have been from the word go. Tom is Tom and he isn't treated differently from any of the other children. That's the way he likes it."

9:14am 31st July 2012

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