In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearer 001 Christopher Bury carries the Olympic Flame through Mote Park in Maidstone at the beginning of Day 63 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 20, 2012 in Maidstone, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 63 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. / Photo by LOCOG via Getty Images
(AP) LONDON - A teenager on Friday unsuccessfully tried to grab the Olympic torch from a runner taking the flame from the town of Maidstone to Redhill, near London.
Local police say a 17-year-old launched himself at the flame as it passed through the English riverside town of Gravesend and has since been arrested. The runner swerved aside and the relay wasn't disrupted.
This year's torch relay has not been hit by the human rights protests that bedeviled the Beijing Olympic relay in 2008. But police are still ready to ward off attention-seekers who might try to attack the flame on its 8,000 mile (12,800 kilometer) journey.
The torch is due to arrive in London later Friday, when a Royal Marine will rappel with it from a helicopter to the Tower of London.