British peer is arrested for 'attacking police'

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8 September 2005, LA LINEA — A British peer and his wife were arrested for allegedly attacking three police officers in a row over Customs checks on their duty free.

8 September 2005

LA LINEA — A British peer and his wife were arrested for allegedly attacking three police officers in a row over Customs checks on their duty free.

Lord Glentoran, 70, who is Tory shadow spokesman on Northern Ireland, was said to have spat at and physically assaulted the Guardia Civil officers.

An Old Etonian and former Guards major, he won an Olympic gold medal in 1964 in the British bobsleigh team.

The alleged incident began when he and his wife Margaret were detained after Spanish Customs officers were conducting routine checks on their duty free near the border with Gibraltar.

It is understood the Tory peer and his wife Margaret, 57, were bringing two bottles of whisky and boxes of cigarettes from Gibraltar to their home in Sotogrande, near Malaga.

The Spanish news agency EFE reported Lord Glentoran "lost his temper" and started complaining loudly to the customs officers.

Police were called and tried to calm down the peer but he allegedly started to insult them and began spitting and lashing out.

Finally, Lord Glentoran and his wife were detained and taken to a court near La Linea,  the Spanish border with Gibraltar.

One Spanish Guardia Civil officer was left with bruised neck, back, right knee and a sprained finger.

Another officer had multiple bruises on one hand and his arm and knee.

The third officer had a sprained hand and bruised knee.

Lord Glentoran was uninjured but his wife had minor bruises.

The incident happened at a small town called La Verja, near Cadiz, in southern Spain on Tuesday.

A judge later freed Lord Glentoran and his wife on bail.

After a court heaing both were released on bail and the case was adjourned.

Lord Glentoran is an hereditary peer, who was educated at Eton and was a major in the Grenadier Guards.

He was awarded an MBE in 1969 and CBE in 1972.

Lord Glentoran, who has been a member of the House of Lords since 1995, is Tory spokesman for Northern Ireland and industry.

Married three times, he tied the knot with Margaret in 1990.  His full name is Thomas Robin Valerian Dixon, but he likes to be known simply as Robin. 

A father- of-three, he spent much of his professional life as managing director for Redland Tile and Brick company.   

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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