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UK Olympics trainee charged over bomb threat

Saturday - 8/4/2012, 9:50am  ET

LONDON (AP) - Officials say an Olympics security trainee has been charged with making a bomb threat ahead of the games last month.

Police said Saturday that 21-year-old Thomas Hall was due to appear at a hearing at Thames Magistrates' Court, in east London, later this month.

Security company G4S identified Hall as a candidate from Bridging the Gap, a government-funded project intended to help youngsters get training and find work in the security industry.

Some graduates of the program went on to work securing the Olympic Games, which run until Aug. 12.

That doesn't appear to be the case with Hall, who was arrested at east London's ExCeL Center, where many Olympic events are taking place.

Hall's arrest was July 20, but it was first reported Saturday by the Daily Mail newspaper.


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