Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver

Spanish police are appealing to the public to help find the driver who hit a British grandfather on an Alicante road on Sunday night and“left him dead like an animal.”

Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver
Photo: N332 /@drivingSpain/facebook

Robert Sneddon, 61, was struck by a white Land Rover Discovery on the N-332 at Guardamar del Segura on the Costa Blanca as he walked home on Sunday night.

The driver fled the scene and is being hunted by police.

Police have now released pictures of the car, which show it was registered in Edinburgh in 2013.

Photo: N332 /@drivingSpain/facebook

“Sooner rather than later we will catch you. If you present yourself voluntarily, things will be better for you.” 

The car was registered to a British company, according to Juan Carlos Moragues, a government delegate. “We are collaborating with the British authorities to see who the driver was and how they relate to the company,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. 

“If they were accompanied or not and if the incident was a result of rage, negligence or another cause.”

Mr Sneddon is understood to have lived in Spain for 15 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

The victim's daughter Mandy was visiting at the time and has made a public appeal.

“I am the daughter of the man left dead on the N332 like an animal,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I came on holiday for the summer so my little girl could spend time with her granddad.

“It was the worst news I have ever had to break or hear.

“If anyone knows anything or can think of anything relevant please tell the police. The smallest detail may help.

“And to the person or people responsible. If you reading this, please come forward.

“You’ll have this on your conscience for the rest of your life. My family wants closure. Please. RIP dad.”

Anyone with any information should call the Torrevieja Traffic Department on 966 707 301 or report to their local police station.


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Spain’s Civil Guard police officers allowed to have visible tattoos

Spain on Monday relaxed its policy banning officers from the country's oldest police force, the Guardia Civil, from exhibiting tattoos.

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The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Officers will now be allowed to display tattoos anywhere on their bodies “as long as they do not contain expressions that violate constitutional values or harm the discipline or image of the force,” the interior minister said in a statement.

“For the first time visible tattoos will be allowed on uniformed officers,” it added.

On the other hand, the decree prohibits hoop earrings, spikes, plugs and other inserts when they are visible in uniform, “except regular earrings, for both male and female personnel”.

The Guardia Civil mainly patrols and investigates crimes in rural areas, while Spain’s National Police focuses on urban areas.

Last year Spain’s leftist government appointed a woman to head the force for the first time in its 177-year history.

The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use.

Los Angeles police are required to ensure that tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty, while France’s Gendarmes police force also requires that they be covered.