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Game is up for suspected drug trafficker

EmbasyA poker-playing fugitive was dealt a pair of handcuffs during a tournament at a bar in Valencia last night.

Robert Knight, aged 53, from Walsall, was tracked down as part of a joint operation involving the Spanish National Police, the National Crime Agency and West Midlands Police

Armed officers swooped as Knight was playing Texas Hold’em poker at Saffy’s sports bar in the port area of Calpe at 7pm Spanish time.

Benefit fraud team in Spain is recovering a record £5m of taxpayers’ money

EmbasyTop three cheats this year had claimed over £200,000

More than £5m of UK taxpayers’ money lost to benefit fraud abroad is now being recovered by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigators in Spain.

The dedicated team in Madrid has investigated more than 1,250 cases of benefit fraud by British residentsover the last five years, and works closely with UK counterparts to bring fraudsters to justice.

Family or friends coming to visit this summer

EmbasyMake sure they have adequate travel insurance if you don’t want to risk hefty medical bills

Travelling abroad uninsured can cost thousands if a trip goes wrong. Yet according to new research issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), more than one in three (38%)[1] young Brits[2]  think it is unnecessary to take out insurance when they travel overseas, often leaving their families to pick up the pieces.

Holidaymakers warned about highway robbers

EmbasyThe British Embassy in Spain is warning holidaymakers to watch out for ruthless gangs of modern-day highway robbers who are preying on people driving foreign-registered vehicles and hire cars.

Police in the Catalonia region of Spain have dealt with 126 British victims of robbery on the AP7 motorway between the French border and the Valencia region over the past two years1.

Avoid leaving the renewal of your British passport until the last minute

EmbasyBritish nationals wanting to renew or obtain a British passport should avoid leaving their applications too late. You currently need to allow at least six weeks for a passport renewal and eight weeks for a first time application, according to Her Majesty’s Passport Office. It’s also important to get your application right first time, to avoid the paperwork being returned and causing further delay.

ITV. The return

carIt was 2 years since my car had its last ITV and I had less than a week left before it expired. I was procrastinating like crazy; my Spanish was just not up to booking that test on the phone. Then I received a text.

As best I could make out it said that my test was due and if I wanted to book it then phone: 928 984 686, there was no more putting it off. At the end of the text it also gave a web address. That was more like it. No stumbling and stuttering over how to pronounce all those foreign words just go on the net and click a few boxes.

Friends or family coming to stay with you?

EmbasyTell them to look after their passports, warns British Embassy

The British Embassy in Madrid is warning Easter visitors to Spain to take good care of their passports, after more than 6000 were lost or stolen in the country last year[1].

A lost or stolen passport means spending precious holiday time and money to get an Emergency Travel Document or ETD in order to return home.

British Ambassador gets cooking

EmbasyBritish Ambassador Simon Manley gets cooking with three Michelin star chef David Muñoz

What can the British Ambassador to Spain and the Mohican-wearing, Spanish it-chef of the moment have in common? Not much, it might appear, but Simon Manley (46) and David Muñoz (33) share several passions. Running, food and the United Kingdom are three of them, and the pair has just been filmed cooking the classic British dish of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding – with a distinctive, modern Spanish twist.

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