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Wednesday, 28 June, 2000, 05:41 GMT 06:41 UK
Man held over Beckham death threats
David Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham have attracted unwanted attention
A former minder to David and Victoria Beckham has been arrested in connection with a death threat letter sent to the couple.

Mark Niblett was questioned by Scotland Yard over allegations of sending mail that included a death threat letter.

Victoria Beckham and son
Letters thought to include defaced picture of Posh Spice
The 35-year-old divorcee, who recently resigned his job with the couple, went voluntarily to a police station in Warrington, Cheshire, and was bailed to return in August.

Scotland Yard's Organised Crime Group is investigating a number of letters, which are thought to include a defaced photo of 'Posh Spice' Victoria with a bullet drawn on it aimed at her head.

Several threatening letters have arrived at the couple's home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire and the Hertfordshire home of Victoria's parents.

Resignation

Cheshire Police were originally investigating the threats but passed the inquiry on to colleagues at Scotland Yard, who sent the mail for forensic testing.

Mr Niblett had a close working relationship with the Beckhams and revealed recently that he resigned from their employment on amicable terms to spend more time with his family.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "On June 23 a man in his mid-30s attended a police station within the Cheshire police district by appointment.

"He was arrested and interviewed in connection with allegations of sending threatening letters and has been bailed to return on a date in August.

"A number of letters have been sent to a number of addresses, one of which was in the Metropolitan police district.

"An operational decision was taken that the Metropolitan Police's Organised Crime Group would carry out the investigation."

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