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Spain comes to the Southbank

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Visitors have a taste of Spain on the Southbank Credit: Atomic PR
Spanish festival
The festival features market stallholders from Barcelona's world famous market, La Boqueria Credit: Atomic PR

Thousands of Londoners and tourists have been along to the Southbank to sample the delights of the Campo Viejo Streets of Spain Festival.

The celebration, which last year saw 160,000 visitors, features food from Barcelona's world famous market, La Boqueria, entertainment and even the chance to blend your own Rioja.

The festival will also host what is hoped to be the world’s largest multi-sensory wine experiment, with more than 2000 people expected to take part. The event also runs tomorrow.

Spanish Festival spices up the Southbank

The tastes, smells and sights of Spain have come to the streets of London this weekend in celebration of Iberian food, culture and art.

The Southbank Centre is hosting pop-up tapas restaurants, cooking masterclasses and film screenings.

The Streets of Spain festival will celebrate iberian food and culture. Credit: PA

Traders from the famous La Boqueria market in Barcelona will be selling their produce which comes direct from the one of the city's main streets, Las Ramblas.

Spanish urban artists Okuda and Remed will also perform live art installations.

The organisers are hoping the event will be even bigger than last year which attracted 160,000 visitors.

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Spanish operator to buy Luton airport for £394m

Planes at Luton Airport. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A leading holiday-flight airport is to be sold for nearly £400 million. Spanish airport operator Aena said today it had agreed to acquire Luton airport in Bedfordshire for £394.4 million.

Aena, which runs all Spain's major airports, is buying Luton from Spanish company Abertis in which it already has a 10% stake.

Luton handled 9.6 million passengers last year and will be, subject to regulatory approval, Aena's fifth-largest airport.

Spanish terror accused held in London

A suspected Basque terrorist was arrested today in London.

Spanish national Kemen Uranga Artola, 43, was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's extradition unit.

They executed a European arrest warrant alleging his involvement in terrorism-related offences in Spain.

Artola, who featured on a 2002 American government's list of terrorists, was arrested in the NW5 area and will appear this afternoon at Westminster Magistrates' Court for an extradition hearing.

His arrest is unrelated to the Olympics, Scotland Yard stressed.

Londoner on the run in Spain

A man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother has vanished from Spanish custody.

Margaret Sheehy was found dead in her flat in Kingston, last month.

Her son, Sean Heiss, was arrested by police in Spain two weeks ago.

It was thought he was being held while awaiting extradition but today it emerged he was initially arrested for "threatening conduct" and has been released.

Hamilton claims poll in Spanish Grand Prix

Stevenage born Lewis Hamilton snatched his third pole position of the season for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

But it wasn't all plain sailing for the McClaren star, as he was forced to stop his car on the track on the way back to the pits.Hamilton took top spot at the Circuit de Catalunya, from surprise front rower Pastor Maldonado, by just 0.6secs.

Hamilton's session ended with him stopping on track, but that did not detract from his obvious delight in clinching his 22nd pole in F1.

Hamilton's McClaren teammate, Jenson Button will start from11th on the grid with Red Bull's Mark Webber directly behind him.

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