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Spanish police arrest British sex offender

Spanish police said on Thursday they had arrested an 82-year-old man who fled Britain after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault and three of sexual activity with a child.

Spanish police arrest British sex offender
The Andalusian resort of Calahonda where the man was arrested. Photo: John Perry

The man, a British national, was identified by a police source as Kenneth Wright.

Officers found him at the Calahonda resort in the southern Costa del Sol, which is popular with British tourists, police said in a statement.

He initially gave a false name, police said.

The man, a registered sex offender in Britain, failed to comply with his bail terms and fled his home country on March 12th after being convicted of abusing a child over a period of seven years, Spanish police said.

Kenneth Wright is from Holton-le-Clay in Lincolnshire, BBC reported on Friday.

He was convicted in March at Nottingham Crown Court. After an adjournment for sentencing, Wright was released on bail. 

He then fled to Spain at which point Lincolnshire Police issued an arrest warrant for him.

Extradition proceedings are now under way. Wright will return to the UK to serve the eight-year prison sentence he was handed in his absence, BBC reported.

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Spanish police seize 4.5 tonnes of cocaine off Canaries

Spanish police announced on Saturday the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of cocaine aboard a Togolese-flagged cargo ship from Latin America which was intercepted off the Canary Islands.

Spanish police seize 4.5 tonnes of cocaine off Canaries

The “Orion V”, which transported cattle from Latin America to the Middle East, had been under surveillance for over two years and had previously been “checked and searched, but no drugs could be found inside, despite the presence of sufficient clues”, police said.

A joint naval and air operation finally made the breakthrough locating the cocaine on Tuesday, hidden in a container used to feed the cattle.

The operation mobilised among others the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre for narcotics (MAOC-N), the Togolese authorities and the Spanish police.

The 28 crew members from nine countries were arrested.

The “Orion V” was similar to another Togolese-flagged vessel, the “Blume”, which was intercepted in mid-January in the same area south-east of the Canary Islands, on which the same amount of cocaine was found.

A total of nine tonnes of drugs have been seized in January, police said in a statement.

Spain’s proximity to North Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, the world’s main cocaine-producing region, have made it a gateway into Europe for drugs.

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