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Brit held for killing man filming his daughter

A British man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a German man who he caught filming his young daughter in a restaurant in the upmarket resort of Sotogrande.

Brit held for killing man filming his daughter
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The 40-year-old man taken into custody for an attack on Sandro Rottman, 43, a German national who subsequently died from his injuries, has been named locally as Kainth Devinder.

It was reported that the German had been arrested only a few days earlier for possession of child pornography.

It is alleged that Devinder saw the man filming his young daughter with a tablet device at the busy Spinnaker restaurant in the Sotogrande port on Saturday night.

"The girl's father got up and went to the table where the victim was," a source in the Civil Guard police force in the city of Algeciras told AFP, citing witnesses.

"He took the tablet off him, saw that there were recordings of his daughter, and that was when the attack took place."

The restaurant owner confirmed to The Local that the incident had taken place on Saturday. "Yes, it was Sandro who was attacked but I don´t know the other man, who has been here only few times before,"  

"It happened on Saturday night but the police have told me not to talk about it because of the investigation," he said.

No weapons were involved in the attack, the police source said adding that it appeared the German had died from a punch to the head. He was taken to the hospital in La Linea where he died and police were waiting for the results of an autopsy.

The British man left the restaurant after the attack but was arrested later after being identified by witnesses. He and his victim were named online in El Periódico de Sotogrande.

He was in police custody on suspicion of murder and was waiting to go before a magistrate in the nearby town of La Linea de la Concepcion on Monday afternoon.

The Civil Guard said in a statement that the man who was killed had been arrested a few days earlier for possession of child pornography.

The source said it was thought that the two men did not know each other. It was not known whether the attacker knew of the earlier child porn accusations.

A spokesman from the British Embassy told The Local: "We are urgently investigating reports of the arrest of a British national in the Cadiz area in southern Spain. We stand ready to offer consular assistance if requested."

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Spain seizes first underwater drug smuggling drones

Spanish police said on Monday they had seized six underwater drones capable of transporting large quantities of drugs from Morocco to Spain and broken up a gang suspected of manufacturing them.

Spain seizes first underwater drug smuggling drones

Officers seized six of the so-called “drone submarines” and arrested eight people in raids carried out in Barcelona and the southern provinces of Málaga and Cádiz, a police statement said.

Police said it was the first time they had seized such devices, which are officially known as unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

They believe the gang made underwater drones “capable of bearing big loads” for use by other criminal organisations.

“These devices could allow drug traffickers to transport large quantities of narcotics remotely across the Strait of Gibraltar,” the statement said.

The drones had up to 12 motors each and a range of 30 kilometres (18 miles).

That is easily enough to manage an underwater crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar separating Spain from Morocco which measures just 15 kilometres (nine miles).

Three of the drones were due to be delivered to a French drug ring to “transport significant amounts of cocaine”, the statement said.

The gang also built false bottoms into vehicles to allow gangs to smuggle drugs, as well as “unmanned semi-submersible vessels” that could carry up to 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) of product.

Their customers included criminal gangs in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, police said.

Spain’s physical proximity to Morocco, a major hashish producer, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it a key entry point for drugs bound for Europe.

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