Briton's murder heightens expat fears on Costas
17 May 2005, ALICANTE — The murder of a British pensioner who retired to Spain has heightened fears among expats of violence.
17 May 2005
ALICANTE — The murder of a British pensioner who retired to Spain has heightened fears among expats of violence.
Wilson Mills, 67, who moved from Par to La Manga in southern Spain two years ago, was killed with a shotgun when a gang raided his home last week, the BBC reported.
It follows the death last month of British businessman John Turner after a robbery at his villa in Portugal.
Police are holding five teenagers for the shooting of Mills who was killed as he sunbathed with his wife.
An English-language newspaper is this week publishing a guide advising residents how to protect themselves.
Daniel Jeffreys, editor of the English language Euro Weekly News, said: "We are putting pressure on the police to do more. They are overstretched and under-resourced.
"In this case they have rounded up the suspects very quickly but many British families down here feel they are not getting a sufficiently adequate response from the Guardia Civil and from the local police to their security concerns.
"In many areas people have set up neighbourhood watch groups to protect themselves."
One Dutch group of residents had even created their own 'security force' with night-time patrols and concrete barriers.
Angel Morenilla, a property lawyer based at La Manga Club, which is near where the incident took place and very popular with expats, said: "The threat of crime is mainly robbery. Groups have been entering houses, but this type of robbery at daytime is an isolated case.
"We are all worried at night time but following a complaint to the regional authority the number of police is being increased."
Police said a gang wearing hoods drove a stolen car to Mills' house in the neighbourhood of Valle Sol, Cieza, between the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, and opened fire.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news