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British girl, 12, killed as car mounts pavement in Canary Islands resort

A 12-year-old girl from Yorkshire has died after being knocked down in a hit-and-run accident in Gran Canaria. Abigail Harris was killed and her friend Thomas Thackray, also 12, was injured when a car mounted the pavement in the resort of Puerto Rico, on the south coast of the island. Last night the girl's parents said their daughter "didn't have a chance". The family had been celebrating Abigail's sister's birthday when the girl was knocked down and killed during an evening stroll. Her parents Nicola and Tony Harris, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, released a statement in which they spoke of their "treasured daughter".

British girl killed in Gran Canaria hit-and-run

A 12-year-old girl has been killed and a boy seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident on Gran Canaria, sources said today.

Ryanair strands holidaymakers on 'wrong' Canary Island

Package holidaymakers today complained they had been "stranded" on the "wrong" Canary island after their low-fare airline flight was diverted due to bad weather.

UK soldiers in custody in bar brawl probe

Six British soldiers arrested after a drunken brawl in a bar in the Canary Islands have been remanded in custody.

Briton dies in Tenerife 'burglary'

A British man has died in Tenerife, the Foreign Office said today, in what may have been a bungled robbery.

British soldiers quizzed over resort bar brawl

Six British soldiers were being questioned by police today after reports of a brawl in a Lanzarote bar.

Airline passenger tries to force his way in to cockpit

A passenger tried to force his way into the cockpit on board a plane flying to the Canary Islands today.

The Discovery of Mankind, By David Abulafia

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The Traveller's Guide To: Spain 2010

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Tim Hart: Founder-member of Steeleye Span

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Winter on the beach: Lanzarote

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Tale of Two Travellers: The two sides of the Canaries

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