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Olympic diver in court over abuse
A former Olympic diver has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the rape and attempted rape of young girls.

Brian Phelps, 63, appeared before Bournemouth magistrates accused of attacking two girls between the ages of six and 15 in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mr Phelps won bronze at the 1960 Olympics, aged 16, and gold at the 1962 and 1966 Commonwealth Games.

He formerly ran a gym in Poole, Dorset, but retired to live in France.

He also worked as a swimming coach.

He is charged with four counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, 19 counts of indecent assault and 19 counts of gross indecency.

No application for bail was made and he will appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 16 January.



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