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Brit dies after fall from tenth floor in Majorca

Police in Majorca are investigating the death of a 35-year-old British man who died after falling from the tenth floor of a building in the popular resort area of Magaluf, local press reported on Tuesday.

Brit dies after fall from tenth floor in Majorca
The resort town of Magaluf on the Spanish island of Majorca. File photo: effervescing elephant /Flickr

Police initially thought the man may have murdered, local newspaper Diario de Mallorca reported.

The UK citizen died who after falling ten stories and landing on a car parked out the front of 5 Magaluf Avenue.

His body was found at six o'clock on Tuesday by a local out walking his dog.

The man — identified by local daily Ultima Hora with the initials D.L.K — was found wearing only bathers and flip flops, and had a lock of his own hair on his arm.

Further investigations revealed no signs of violence at the scene, however, and the man's injuries were consistent with his fall, police reported.

Police are now trying to determine if the man's death was a suicide or an accident.

Sources at the British Embassy in Madrid told The Local they were aware of the death of a British citizen in Magaluf and that consular services in Majorca were currently providing support to the family of the man.
 

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Spain busts gang running carbon tax fraud

Spanish police on Tuesday announced they had broken up a criminal gang running a multi-million-euro fraud that dodged import and carbon taxes on the sale of refrigerated greenhouse gases.

Spain busts gang running carbon tax fraud

In a series of raids, police arrested 27 suspects and seized 110 tonnes of different kinds of gas worth €11 million.

The gang specialised in the “illegal traffic in greenhouse gas refrigerants” that damage the ozone layer, said a police spokesman.

The gang brought the gases in from China at the port of Valencia on Spain’s east coast, passing it off as being intended for other destinations such as Jordan, said the statement.

In fact, the refrigerant gases stayed in Spain and were sold in various regions across the country.

The gang exploited the fact that European businesses have the right to transit goods imported from non-EU countries through EU territory — where they are intended for a third country — without having to pay customs duties.

They set up a ghost company in Portugal that was the fictional recipient of the gases from Spain, in case customs agents inspected their goods, said the police statement.

The gas was in fact being sold on the black market in Spain at about three times less than the normal market price.

The gang had got out of paying import duty and paying the tax applied to the European market for carbon quotas, as well as a Spanish tax on greenhouse gas refrigerants.

Spain’s treasury estimates that the fraud cost the taxpayer €3.5 million in tax revenue.

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