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Woman arrested over Stephen Hawking death threats

Spanish police say they have arrested an American woman who had been threatening to kill British physicist Stephen Hawking while he was in Spain for an astronomy conference.

Spanish police have arrested a woman who has been threatening to kill Stephen Hawking Credit: Van Tine Dennis / ABACA USA/PA

Police said the woman was arrested in a hotel near where a conference being attended by Hawking was being held on Tenerife this week.

The woman had been following Hawking and had recently sent him death threats according to police, who added that the woman, 37, who they did not name, may suffer from mental health problems.

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