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Gymnast Tweddle undergoes neck surgery

Beth Tweddle has undergone surgery to fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck, her family has said.

Olympic gymnast Tweddle suffered the injury during the making of Channel 4 programme The Jump.

Surgeons took a bone fragment from Tweddle's hip and used it, along with pins, to fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck.

Beth Tweddle was taking part in a TV show. Credit: Channel 4

The former gymnast thanked well-wishers, she said: "Thank you so much for your support and concern. The last 48 hours have been very scary but all the messages have really helped to keep me positive. I will keep you updated on my progress."

Tweddle's parents, Ann and Jerry, said initial medical indications were positive as she can move her hands and feet.

The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort.

The medical staff have been fantastic and explained to us that Beth was waiting for an operation as there were more serious cases ahead of her.

At 20:00 GMT last night Beth was taken down for surgery where they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together.

It was a scary time for all of us and we're just very grateful that the operation was a success.

– Ann and Jerry Tweddle

Beth Tweddle urges public to report online abuse

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle has called on the public to help those behind big social networking sites better police online trolls.

Beth Tweddle was subjected to abuse during an online question and answer session for Sky. Credit: PA

The Dancing On Ice star was the victim of abuse on Twitter last month and urged users to report any abuse they saw online.

"For me, Facebook and Twitter are all massive sites, they have got the key features of reporting it (abuse) - you can email them or you can get hold of them to say you have had a problem with the site.

"But it is also a case of the general public helping them - if they see something they are not happy with or they feel it is abuse against them or someone else then report it."

The triple world champion added: "It is just a case of 'when you send that, before you press send, how far do you want it to go?' If your Nan saw it, would she be pleased with it?"

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Beth Tweddle presented with gold sculpture

Olympic gymnast and Dancing on Ice Champion Beth Tweddle was back in Liverpool today to unveil a body cast of herself.

Beth Tweddle and her gold sculpture Credit: Rachel Townsend

The gold sculpture was made in celebration of her Olympic bronze medal and will be on display at the Liverpool Museum.

It's the first time Beth has been back in the North West since winning the ITV show Dancing on Ice.

Beth Tweddle and her gold sculpture Credit: Rachel Townsend

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