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Four Britons held in Spain after compatriot killed with broken bottle

Four Britons have been arrested after a British man was reportedly stabbed to death with a broken bottle at a bar in Spain.

The victim was attacked in early hours of Saturday morning in Villamartin Plaza, a popular expat area in the resort of Orihuela Costa, south of Alicante, according to reports.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Alicante, Spain on January 16. We are in contact with the local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

On the arrests, she added: "We can confirm the detention of four British Nationals in Alicante, Spain on January 16. We stand ready to offer consular assistance."

The suspects include two men, aged 43 and 26, and a 39-year-old woman, according to reports.

The fatal attack reportedly happened at a sports bar in the Villamartin Plaza.

One person who works in the area said it was "like any other bar", occasionally seeing fights, but otherwise normal.

"It is like any other bar, sometimes there are fights, but some people when they drink they cannot control themselves," she told the Press Association.

Others who worked in the area said the ordeal had left them frightened.

A restaurant owner said: "I am a little bit afraid and angry - it is scary, it is foolish and I do not like that. I have been here for three years and we have never had trouble - it is a nice place."


From Belfast Telegraph