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Brit expat, 76, arrested for killing girlfriend

A British pensioner has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his companion after her decomposed body was discovered in southern Spain.

Brit expat, 76, arrested for killing girlfriend
The decomposed body of Rosie Webster was discovered on Tuesday. Photo from missing appeal released by family

Rosemary Broadwell, 76, went missing on September 15th in Algorfa, an area on the Costa Blanca near Alicante that is popular with expatriates.

Her companion Charlie Bevill-Warcup reported her missing at the time and an appeal was launched by her family. Her granddaughter Lisa had appealed for information on Twitter.

 

 

"We have only just found out the horrible news," Cheryl Webster, the daughter of the victim, told The Local.

Confirming that Mr Bevill-Warcup was being held for the murder she said: “He lived with her, but he is not my father and was not married to her,” she said. "It’s come as a horrible shock, we are waiting to find out more."

Detectives from the paramilitary Civil Guard at Algorfa arrested Bevill-Warcup last night after he reportedly confessed to killing his partner.

Reports in Spanish newspaper El Mundo said that under questioning on Monday he had told the officers investigating Rosemary's disappearance, that he had beaten her with a blunt instrument.

On Tuesday he took officers to an area of scrubland where her decomposed body was discovered.

A postmortem confirmed that she had been beaten to death.

Bevill-Warcup had reported his partner missing, telling police that she had disappeared after he dropped her off at an ATM at the Ciudad Quesada urbanization near her home.

A missing notice drawn up by her daughter Cheryl described Rosemary – known to her friends as Rosie – as "4 ft 8 inches tall and a fit, well and able-bodied lady".

"Rosie is slim and has short blonde hair with red/purple high-lights. She has a tattoo of a tiny coloured lizard on her foot and another of a dolphin on her right shoulder," the missing notice read.

"Another distinguishing feature is that Rosie always has perfectly manicured finger nails."

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Spain police start wearing bodycams to boost security

Spanish police have begun wearing body cameras to record their interactions with the public in a move aimed at ensuring greater security that is gaining ground in Europe and the US.

Spain police start wearing bodycams to boost security

The interior ministry said the bodycam was launched Monday and would be “rolled out on a gradual basis to all police officers”, without saying how many were involved in the initial stages.

Spain’s TVE public television said the tiny cameras were being attached to the officers’ uniforms and could be activated either manually or automatically.

The main Spanish police union JUPOL hailed the move on Twitter, saying it was in response to “a request that the union has been making”.

“It will guarantee security, both for us to avoid any kind of misrepresentation of our interventions, as well as for the public, who will be able to clearly see the police’s professionalism and that there is no abuse of power nor excesses,” union spokesman Pablo PĂ©rez told TVE.

Forces in Europe and the United States are increasingly turning to such technology to boost transparency following a string of fatal shootings and other claims against police over the past decade.

“The cameras are being used under public safety protocols in order to record everything that happens in the event of an unwarranted offence during an operation,” Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska told TVE ahead of the rollout.

“If they are activated, it is to guarantee security and really be transparent so that the officers’ actions can be seen and checked,” the minister said.

“This means security for both the police and the public,” he added, suggesting that in time, they would also be available to Spain’s Guardia Civil rural police force.

France began trialling bodycams, known as “pedestrian cameras”, in 2013
before a gradual rollout in 2015 in a move welcomed by police, but greeted with scepticism by rights groups who said there was no guarantee they would be always activated.

Police in London and New York also began pilot schemes in 2014 with credit-card-sized cameras clipped onto their uniforms with the technology gradually deployed over the following years.

But the cameras have had mixed success. The absence of any legal obligation governing their use can also limit their scope to uncover police misconduct.

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