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Pregnant British tourist dies whilst waiting for plane at Spanish airport

A pregnant British tourist has died at a Spanish airport as she waited to return back to England.

British man held on suspicion of killing father in holiday fight on Spanish camping site

A British man is being questioned on suspicion of killing his father in a fight while on holiday at a Spanish camping site.

Costa Brava murder: British man arrested in Spain on suspicion of killing his father

A British man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father at a Spanish camping site, police said.

Voices of the Old Sea, By Norman Lewis

A great travel writer painted wild Spain just before tourism

Dom Joly: I am medallion man – until the mafia arrives

I've just spent the week in Benidorm … not something I'd ever thought I'd find myself writing. I was there for work, not joining the thousands of Brits that flock to this unofficial Brit colony on the Costa Brava.

Lianne Smith is led away from court by Spanish police officers

Mother who murdered her two children in Spanish hotel sentenced to 30 years

Lianne Smith admitted killing her son and daughter because she feared they would be taken away from her

Mother who murdered children sentenced to 30 years

A woman who murdered her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel room has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Lesson in love: Kaya Scodelario and Billie Piper as entangled pupil and teacher

Grace Dent: True Love, BBC1

These tales celebrated the dreamlike insanity and idiotic risk of opening up your heart

Mother gave children 'perfect holiday' before killing them

A mother who suffocated her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel said she had given them a "perfect holiday" before killing them, a court heard today.

In booze-soaked Spain, the party may soon be over

'Binge tourism' reaches a new low when police fire rubber bullets to restore peace. Alasdair Fotheringham reports from the Benidorm plaza dubbed 'British square'

Get Ready For Summer: Costa Brava

Our fortnightly series of travellers’ guides to holiday destinations reaches the Catalan coast in Spain. Eddi Fiegel reports

Paedophile jailed for 16 years

A paedophile whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel has been jailed for 16 years.

Man found guilty of using hypnotism to abuse girl

A man whose partner is accused of murdering their two children is facing jail after using hypnotism and violence to sexually abuse a girl.

'Murder' mother's partner guilty of abuse

A man whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel was today facing jail after using hypnotism and violence to groom and sexually abuse a young girl.

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