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Police search for clues after British couple found shot dead

Spanish police are trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the murder of an elderly British couple found shot dead in their villa in Alicante.

Former Olympic diver Peter Tarsey and his wife Jean, both 77, were found with gunshot wounds on a sofa in the property, which was up for sale.

Neil Connery, ITV News Correspondent, reports:

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Man found dead in Alicante was former Olympic diver

Peter Tarsey, then 19, represented Great Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games Credit: PA Wire

A man who was found shot with his wife in their villa in Alicante is believed to have been a former Olympic diver.

Peter and Jean Tarsey, both 77, were found dead together with gunshot wounds on the sofa at their home in Xalo, near Benidorm.

Spanish police said that while they had not ruled anything out, the couple appeared to have been murdered.

Mr Tarsey competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics for Great Britain at the age of 19.

He also represented England at the Commonwealth Games in 1954 and 1958, according to the Sport Reference website.

British couple 'found dead with gunshot wounds'

Jean Tarsey

Spain's national police force has named the British couple found dead in Alicante as ex-pats Peter and Jean Tarsey.

The 77-year-olds were found dead together with gunshot wounds, according to the Guardia Civil.

A post mortem is now due to take place.

At around 4.15pm yesterday, some friends of the couple went to their villa because they had not been seen for a few days.

They found the door was open and there were no signs of a break-in.

The couple, who had been living in Spain for 18 years, were found dead with gunshot wounds on the sofa.

The Guardia Civil is now awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations and investigations continue.

– Guardia Civil spokeswoman
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British couple found dead in Spain

A British couple have been found dead in Spain. The Foreign Office said the couple were discovered in the town of Alicante on the south eastern coast, a popular destination for tourists and expats.

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We can confirm the death of two British nationals in Alicante, Spain. We stand ready to provide consular assistance.

– Foreign Office

Spain wait on fitness of Chelsea's Costa

Costa's hamstring has been causing him problems. Credit: Reuters

Diego Costa will undergo tests in London on Monday to assess whether he can remain in the Spain squad for the upcoming internationals against Ukraine and Holland.

Costa limped off with a hamstring injury in the second half of Chelsea's 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday, sparking fears he may withdraw from international duty.

The Spanish federation (RFEF) said in a statement: "Costa will undergo tests on Monday in London and the results will be available to Spain's medical staff for their evaluation."

The Brazil-born forward missed games against Belarus and Germany because of a hamstring problem back in November.

Malaga striker Juanmi has been added to the group, meanwhile.

Juanmi, who has scored seven goals in 24 games for Malaga this season, has won the European Championship twice with Spain's under-19 team but is yet to be capped at senior level.

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Pictures show toxic cloud looming over Spain

A large toxic cloud of orange smoke rose above large areas of northern Spain today following an explosion at a chemical factory in the Catalonia region.

More than 40,000 people in the immediate area surrounding the site in the northern town of Igualada, and in neighbouring towns, were urged to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed until the worst of the smoke cleared.

Regional government officials said they believed the explosion had been caused by two volatile chemicals coming into contact during a delivery at the factory.

An orange toxic cloud is seen over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona following an explosion in a chemical plant Credit: REUTERS/Paula Arias
A police officer wearing a mask blocks off a street after an explosion at a chemical plant caused a toxic cloud to spread over Igualada near Barcelona Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea
Three people were injured in the explosion at the chemical plant in northern Spain on Thursday and authorities advised residents of several small towns near Barcelona to stay indoors as a large toxic cloud spread over the area Credit: REUTERS/Paula Arias

Amateur footage shows Spain's toxic cloud rising into sky

Video footage, captured on a mobile phone's camera, has shown the dramatic aftermath of a chemical factory explosion in Spain's Catalonia region.

In the 43 second clip, released by David Orta, clouds of toxic orange and yellow smoke can be seen billowing into the sky in the distance above a motorway.

Watch the full clip here:

A car passenger captured video footage of yellow smoke billowing into the sky following an explosion at a chemical factory in Catalonia Credit: David Orta/Reuters

Catalan authorities have urged 40,000 people in the immediate area, and in five neighbouring towns, to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed following the explosion.

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