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Car-parking company put brakes on tourists

TOURISTS returning to England from Spain were left seething when they discovered that a car-parking company they had used had gone bust. The bewildered travellers had been told that security staff would escort them to their vehicles, after they had landed at Bournemouth Airport. But a staff member from BOMO Parking Services was believed to […]

Conman finally nabbed, after two years in hiding

THE UK’s most wanted conman, Mark Acklom, has been arrested in a dramatic raid in Switzerland, after evading capture for two years. He was nabbed in the lakeside town of Wadenswil, near Zurich, in the apartment he was sharing with his Spanish wife and two children. The 35-year-old is wanted, allegedly, for defrauding a British […]

Old-time doctor set for tough grilling in ‘stolen babies’ trial

A VETERAN doctor, now 85, will be the first person to stand trial in Spain’s decades-old “stolen babies” scandal. Gynaecologist Dr Eduardo Vela will appear in a Madrid court over his alleged involvement in a criminal network, believed to have seen hundreds of thousands of babies taken from their mothers and sold, under the regime […]

Cave-dweller’s kids are cut down from 36 to 23

A MAN who lives in a cave with three women, and 25 of the 36 children he has fathered with them, has had 13 kids taken into care by Spanish social services. Police raided the home of 61-year-old Juan Manuel, known as “El Canuto”, in Marchal, Granada, and took away 11 of his offspring. They […]

It’s no use calling the cops, they’ve been banged up!

A MEXICAN town’s entire police force has been arrested, following the murder of a mayoral candidate, just days before voters were set to go the polls. Businessman Fernando Angeles Juarez was gunned down outside his hotel, becoming one of more than 120 politicians or candidates to be murdered in the run-up to Mexico’s general elections on […]

Baby you can drive my car!

AT midnight last Saturday, women living in Saudi Arabia were allowed, finally, to drive vehicles officially, after a decades-old driving ban was lifted. The decision to make the change was announced last September, and the Saudi authorities issued the first licences to women earlier this month. Car manufacturers, especially those from the US, were quick […]

No wonder the ‘latchkey’ kids are home alone

THEY are known as “latchkey kids” because nobody picks them up after school, and there’s nobody waiting at home to prepare them a meal. And there is a growing number of these youngsters, mainly from low-income households, who, after school or during holidays, spend hours alone at home, often into the evening, while their parents are […]

Paying the price, drug ‘ghost’ who raked in fortune

A BRITISH drugs kingpin, who built a 1.4m-euro Costa del Sol mansion out of his ill-gotten gains, has been jailed for 32 years. James Mulvey “lived like a ghost” for seven years after fleeing Britain over his role in a 77m-euro smuggling ring. The 42-year-old, from Solihull in the West Midlands, used fake names and […]

Irishman guilty of  murder in Malaga as a getaway man 

DUBLINER James Quinn was last Friday convicted of murdering Gary Hutch, yet the jury ruled that he was the getaway driver and not the gunman. Jurors also decided the prosecutors had not proved that Quinn was acting on the orders of gangland bosses. That means he cannot be sentenced to life, when the trial judge […]

Crime lord, who took time off his stag party to arrange drug deals

A BRITISH crime lord, who arranged drug deals while on his stag-do in Ibiza, is facing prison, after planning to supply cocaine and heroin across the UK. Carl Hannan, following a six-week trial at Teesside Crown Court, awaits sentencing after he and six accomplices were found guilty of the above offences. The 34-year-old was accused […]

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