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Man held over murders in Spain of former UK Olympic diver Peter Tarsey and wife

Published 11/09/2015

Peter Tarsey pictured when he was selected for the Melbourne Olympics
Peter Tarsey pictured when he was selected for the Melbourne Olympics

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a British former Olympic diver and his wife at their villa in Spain.

Expats Peter and Jean Tarsey, both 77, were discovered at their home in Xalo, near Benidorm in eastern Spain, in March.

A Guardia Civil spokesman confirmed that the arrest had been made yesterday in connection with the killings.

He said: "A Moroccan man has been arrested but we are not authorised to give out any other details because the judge has placed a temporary gag order on proceedings.

"Everything indicates that this man was the author of the crime and he will give a statement before the judge tomorrow, at which time we should be able to give out more details."

The spokesman said he could not confirm reports that the arrested man is a drug dealer and that officers had found a gun.

Mr Tarsey competed for Great Britain at the Melbourne Games in 1956 and for England at two Commonwealth Games.

The couple had been living in Spain for around two decades but are thought to have originally been from west London.

Xalo, a small village of around 2,700 people, is located inland some 25 miles north-west from popular coastal resort Benidorm.

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