Police hunt 'Rambo' survival specialist in Spanish mountains

Police hunt ‘Rambo’ survival specialist in Spanish mountains who has been raiding holiday homes for food and held a woman hostage before making off with some asparagus

  • Mystery survival specialist has been dubbed Requena Rambo by Spanish press
  • Violent armed robber has been making forays into villages from the mountains 
  • Three-month push to catch him intensified after he robbed 4×4 at gunpoint 
  • He’s been named after the fictional former soldier played by Sylvester Stallone 

Elite police armed with drones and infrared cameras are hunting a violent armed robber dubbed Rambo who makes forays into Spanish villages from his mountain hideouts.

The specialist GAR Rapid Action Group unit, created to fight ETA terrorism, has been called up to help in the operation to trap the fugitive.

The mystery survival specialist has been dubbed the Requena Rambo by Spanish press, after the fictional former solder played by Sylvester Stallone and the municipality of Valencia in the east of the country which is one of the areas where he has struck.

The three-month push to catch him has intensified after he robbed a 4×4 at gunpoint in Ahillas a 45-mile hike from Requena.

A violent armed robber dubbed Rambo has been making forays into Spanish villages from his mountain hideouts to the north and south of Ahillas, Valencia

The specialist GAR Rapid Action Group unit, created to fight ETA terrorism, has been called up to help in the operation to trap the fugitive

Officers on foot who are being assisted by a police helicopter have been combing mountains south and north of Ahillas.

Their target, who has a beard and is said to wear military fatigues, has managed to evade a police cordon several times to steal food from empty houses and sleep in the beds of holiday homes owned by foreigners and Spaniards from other parts of the country.

The police hunt began on February 28 when the suspect stole three cars before suffering two separate accidents.

He also held a victim hostage for three hours before making off with some asparagus. In another incident he ended up escaping to the safety of the mountains after threatening a police officer and a couple with a gun during a burglary at a villa in a hamlet in Requena.

The mystery survival specialist has been dubbed the Requena Rambo by Spanish press, after the fictional former solder played by Sylvester Stallone (pictured in First Blood) and the municipality of Valencia in the east of the country where he has struck

Officers on foot who are being assisted by a police helicopter have been combing mountains south and north of Ahillas

His latest victim was shot at twice from close range, but survived because the sawn-off shotgun the armed robber used had blank cartridges.

Vineyard owner Juan Jose Martin told local paper Las Provincias: ‘I thought I was going to die because the flash hit me in the face. I felt a burning sensation in my car and fell to the ground.’

His attacker fled the scene in the victim’s Land Rover before it was found crashed a few miles away.

The local Civil Guard have appealed for the public’s help.

In a statement released today, confirming a helicopter and members of the elite GAR unit were involved in the operation, a spokesman for the force in Valencia said: ‘The Civil Guard in Valencia, with more than 30 officers from different units, continues in its tireless search for a man aged 35 to 40 approximately, who is slim, around 5ft 5ins to 5ft 9 ins, and a fine and pronounced nose.

Their target, who has a beard and is said to wear military fatigues, has managed to evade a police cordon several times to steal food from empty houses and sleep in the beds of holiday homes owned by foreigners and Spaniards from other parts of the country

‘He’s dark skinned and has dark hair and speaks Spanish with no particular accent.’

The spokesman added: ‘He’s wanted for the crimes of robbery with violence and intimidation.

‘The public’s help in detecting this man’s whereabouts is very important.

‘His modus operand consists of entering empty properties, taking food and stealing vehicles using violence and intimidation before abandoning them or crashing them.

‘We would like to emphasise that if this individual is spotted, people should avoid any confrontation with him because he could be carrying a rifle. Instead you should immediately alert the Civil Guard.’

John James Rambo was a fictional character in the Rambo franchise. He first appeared in he 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell but later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series where he was played by Sylvester Stallone.

A drone is powered up ready to assist police officers in the hunt for the violent armed robber who is believed to be hiding out in nearby mountains

Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran, is an expert in guerrilla tactics, weapons, and hand-to-hand combat.

In the last film he saddles up his horse and rides off into the sunset after ripping out the heart of a Mexican drugs cartel leader, leaving open the possibility of a sixth release in the series.

Jesus Gayoso Rey, 48, the head of the GAR Civil Guard unit involved in the search for the Requena Rambo – Rambo de Requena in Spanish – died in March after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Members of the special forces unit, which has also undertaken international missions in places like Kosovo and Haiti and become heavily involved in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism, arrested British fugitive Daniel Dobbs in January at his hideaway in Malaga.

The armed robber fled the scene in the victim’s Land Rover (pictured) before it was found crashed a few miles away

The 32-year-old had gone missing from a South Yorkshire prison in November 2018 after being sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail in January 2014 for trafficking heroin and amphetamines.

He was held during a dawn raid linked to an operation against an illegal subterranean Costa del Sol cigarette factory he was suspected of running with another Brit.

Mr Gayoso, who had no known underlying health issues, had joined the unit he headed nearly 25 years ago.

The married dad-of-two started to feel unwell on March 8 and thought he had common flu. He is said to have been sent home after going to hospital four days later before being admitted to San Pedro Hospital in Logrono on March 17 in a serious condition.

He lost his fight for life on March 27.

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Police officer warned for not finding drugs in George Kay's hotel room

Police officer is given written warning after failing to find drugs inside hotel room where Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay was ‘eating cocaine’ before he died of overdose

  • George Kay died on July 6, 2019 after being found in a distressed state at a hotel
  • Police officers attended the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver at 9.54pm on July 5 
  • Officers did not seize any drugs but staff found Kay ‘eating cocaine’ the next day
  • A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing concluded with an officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’

A police officer has been given a written warning after failing to seize drugs inside a hotel room where George Kay was ‘eating cocaine’ before he died of an overdose. 

A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing into George Kay’s death has concluded with a police officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’.

George Kay, the ex-husband of music star and TV personality Kerry Katona, died on July 6, 2019 after he was found in a distressed state at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn.

George Kay, the ex-husband of music star and TV personality Kerry Katona, died on July 6, 2019. A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing into George Kay’s death has given a police officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’

Mr Kay was said to be acting erratically on July 5 and refused to return to his room, prompting staff to call Cheshire police, reported the Liverpool Echo. 

Officers attended at 9.54pm on July 5 and spoke to staff so he could remain at the Holiday Inn overnight.

Police were said to have left the hotel after Mr Kay agreed to return to his room. 

Hotel staff went to check on the former rugby league star at around 10am on July 6 to find Mr Kay ‘eating a large amount of suspected cocaine’ which had been placed on a desk. 

The police and the North West Ambulance service were called, with Mr Kay being taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment.

George Kay was found in a distressed state at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn (pictured) before he died at Warrington General Hospital. Officers attended the hotel at 9.54pm on July 5 but left when Mr Kay agreed to return to his room

Hotel staff went to check on the former rugby league star at around 10am on July 6 to find Mr Kay ‘eating a large amount of suspected cocaine’ which had been placed on a desk 

Mr Kay, who is the father of Kerry’s youngest daughter Dylan-George, aged five, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.  

Following a misconduct hearing, an unnamed police officer has been given a written warning for failing to seize a ‘small quantity of a substance believed to be a controlled drug’ in George Kay’s hotel bathroom.

A notice on the Force website said: ‘A police officer failed to take positive action when dealing with a guest at The Holiday Inn in Runcorn on July 5, 2019.

‘The officer failed to search the guest despite there being reasonable grounds to do so.

‘The officer failed to seize a small quantity of a substance believed to be a controlled drug in the bathroom of the hotel room.

‘The officer switched off their body worn video prior to entering the bathroom where the substance believed to be a controlled drug was found.

‘The actions of the officer were not captured.’

Mr Kay is the father of Kerry’s youngest daughter Dylan-George, aged five. He posted a picture on Facebook with his daughter just weeks before his death  

The force said it has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which investigates any potential failings by police officers. 

A spokesman from Cheshire Police said last year: ‘At 9.54pm on Friday, July 5, police received a report of concern for the safety of a 39-year-old man at a hotel on Wood Lane, Sutton Weaver. 

‘Officers attended and spoke to the man, as well as hotel staff. All parties agreed that he could remain at the hotel.

‘At 10.11am on Saturday, July 6, police received a further report of concern for the man’s safety.

‘Due to the information provided the caller was advised to contact North West Ambulance Service for assistance.

 Mr Kay, who was married to the Atomic Kitten star between 2014 and 2017, had a history of mental health issues and drug use

‘Paramedics attended the hotel and the man was taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment, where he sadly later died.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

‘As with any death following police contact, Cheshire Constabulary has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.’

Staff at the hotel were offered counselling after the traumatic incident, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Mr Kay, who was married to the Atomic Kitten star between 2014 and 2017, had a history of mental health issues and drug use. 

The pair met as teenagers while pupils at Padgate High School in Warrington.  

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Italian police swarm around man sunbathing on deserted beach

Italian police swarm around man sunbathing on deserted beach and fine him for breaking lockdown rules as country confirms it will begin ‘reopening’ on May 4 with some restrictions

  • The video demonstrated methods used by Italian police to cover large distances 
  • But the heavy-handedness sparked a backlash with some calling them ‘dictators’
  • Italy went into a nationwide quarantine on 9 March, banning all but vital activity
  • Italian PM Giuseppe Conte confirmed some measures will be lifted on May 4 
  • Monday saw Italy’s first drop in the number of people suffering from the virus

Italian police shared a video online on Tuesday in which they are seen using drones to hunt down a man lying alone on a beach, before issuing him with a fine.

The police officers can be seen flying a drone to survey the beach from above before finding the unaware sunbather, and then closing in on him while riding quad-bikes.

As the officers approach, the man sits up from his sunbed, visibly surprised to see two well-equipped police officers standing over him.

Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed on Tuesday that the country would lift some lockdown measures on May 4, but that this would be done on a regional basis.

Italian police are seen in a video shared by Rimini’s local police force patrolling the beach in a car and on quadbikes, using drones from above to survey the area for quarantine rule-breakers

The video was taken in Rimini in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region on the east cost. It is one of the most famous seaside resorts in the country and has around 15 kilometers of beaches.

Shared by the City’s public relations office, the was intended to demonstrate how the police were enforcing the nationwide lockdown rules and covering large areas like parks and beaches using drones and all-terrain vehicles. 

However, the video and photos had the unintended effect of prompting a backlash against the police’s heavy handedness. 

Comments under the images said the police were going too far, and that the man was already practicing social distancing before the police surrounded him. 

One comment read ‘this in not necessary’ with another person wrote ‘you are dictators’. Another commenter noted the sunbather for setting a good example of ‘social distancing’. Some people online even turned one of the images into a meme.

The drones allow police to cover larger areas, like parks and beaches, when patrolling for people breaking the lockdown rules. However, they have been criticised for their approach

According to the Italian Interior Ministry, 17,500 people were reported over the weekend for failing to comply with social distancing measures that are in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

On Sunday alone, 8,641 were sanctioned for illegitimate travel, 74 for false declarations and nine for violating quarantine. 

On Tuesday Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, confirmed that the country would start to reopen on May 4 but the government will not be lifting all the measures that are in place.

Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, wrote on Facebook that the government is looking to live some of the coronavirus restrictions in the country on May 4

The country has been under some of the strictest lockdown measures among western democracies since the nationwide quarantine was imposed by Conte on March 9, restricting all but necessary movement. At that point, some regions were already under quarantine. 

‘Many citizens are tired of the efforts that have been made so far and would like a significant loosening of these measures, or even their total abolition,’ Conte said in a Facebook post.

‘I would like to be able to say, let’s open everything. Right away,’ Conte wrote. ‘But such a decision would be irresponsible. It would make the contagion curve rise uncontrollably and would jeopardise all the efforts that we have made until now.’ 

He said that by the end of the week, he would reveal the steps the country will take to loosen restrictions, reopen the economy and emerge from the coronavirus crisis, but also said that they would take into account different regional circumstances.

‘We have to reopen on the basis of policy that takes into consideration all the details and cuts across all the data. A serious policy, scientific,’ Conte wrote.

‘A reasonable expectation is that we will apply it from May 4.’

Italy’s north, the region hardest-hit by the virus and the country’s economic engine, has been straining to restart industry after a shutdown of nonessential manufacturing on March 26. 

Some in Italy’s poorer south have said it is unfair that they are subject to the same lockdown conditions as the north, despite fewer coronavirus cases and a lower population density in many areas.

The Mediterranean country’s 60 million citizens have been barred from walking more than 200 metres (650 feet) from their homes without a significant reason. 

Italy has been under a national government enforce quarantine since March 9, with all but essential movement and activity banned to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

In recent days, some businesses have already received permission to reopen with a much-reduced workforce.

In laying out the challenges ahead, Conte cited how, in allowing businesses to reopen as part of ‘Phase 2’, officials needed to consider how workers would get to and from work in order to avoid congestion which could risk a second wave of infections.

Earlier this month, Conte gave a task force, made up of economists, lawyers, sociologists and other experts, the job of studying the post-lockdown measures needed to restart the economy while protecting worker’s health. 

Italy reported its first drop on Monday in the number of people currently suffering from the virus since recording its first infection in February.

Since then, Italy became the epicentre of the virus in Europe. It has seen a total of 181,228 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and the official death toll is 24,114 – second only to the United States.     

Italy saw just 2,256 new coronavirus cases on Monday, 20 April – their lowest level in over a month as the total number of people infected fell for first time since pandemic began

Italy saw a slight increase in the number of new deaths recorded yesterday, with 454. Italy’s official death toll is 24,114, second only to the United States

 

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Man dies in police custody in Horsham

A man has died in police custody in regional Victoria and the cause of his death is being investigated.

The 30-year-old was arrested at Horsham on Thursday for breaching a court order, police say.

His condition deteriorated, and he was taken to hospital, but died on Sunday.

An investigation has been launched to determine the man’s cause of death.Credit:Paul Rovere

Homicide detectives are investigating the death, overseen by Victoria Police's ethical standards body. This is the standard practice for deaths in police custody.

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Police break up football match in the park as Brits flout coronavirus lockdown rules – The Sun

POLICE were forced to break up a football match in the park as Brits flouted coronavirus lockdown rules.

Cops were seen dispersing the group of pals in Roath, Cardiff, as they played in close contact and tackled each other for the ball.

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On Monday Brits were told they could only leave the house to buy essential items, take a bout of exercise per day or go to work if they were a key worker.

But group gatherings – like football matches – were banned altogether.

In Cardiff, officers were quick to step in, having been given powers to arrest people should they need – as well as issuing fines.

TOUGHER MEASURES

Last night Prime Minister warned things would "get worse before they get better," suggesting tougher lockdown measures will be enforced if needed.

In a letter being sent out to British households this week, the PM writes: “It’s important for me to level with you — we know things will get worse before they get better."

He adds: "We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do.”

Meanwhile, a top health chief has warned the lockdown could be force until June.

Professor Neil Ferguson told The Times: “We’re going to have to keep these measures [the full lockdown] in place, in my view, for a significant period of time — probably until the end of May, maybe even early June. May is optimistic.”


STAY AWAY

Despite the stay-at-home warnings, many Brits have been spotted filling parks and beaches across the UK.

In London, joggers and dog walkers crowded Battersea Park, while in Brighton Brits flocked to the seaside.

On Thursday, cops broke up a group of eight pals flouting the lockdown rules with a picnic of kebabs and shisha.

It comes as the UK's coronavirus death toll hit 1,019 yesterday – the biggest 24 hour surge the nation has seen so far.


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Police guard shops to stop coronavirus panic-buyers and enforce social distancing – The Sun

COPS guarded shops yesterday as efforts continue to enforce social distancing and stop panic buyers ransacking shelves.

Officers were seen standing outside stores in London to limit the amount of people pouring into supermarkets amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Lidl and Sainsbury's stores in a Stratford shopping centre, east London, had police stationed outside, while a Tesco at Mile End also had officers at the one open entrance.

A Met Police spokesperson said: "Supermarkets have their own security and procedures in place, police are there to respond to requests for assistance.

"We maintain ongoing dialogue with businesses, in order to minimise the demands on policing from any resulting large crowds or queues at shops, and as part of our regular civil contingency engagement with businesses and partners."

It comes as some shops have brought in bouncers to help keep panic buyers calm and orderly amid the pandemic.

People have been ransacking shelves and battling with others to get sought-after items such as hand sanitiser and toilet roll.

Tesco has taken on pub bouncers, who have been left without work after they were shut down by Boris Johnson.

Last week we told how a pensioner pictured next to empty supermarket shelves has said the panic buying that has gripped Britain is worse than living through the war.

Anthony Glynn, 79, captured the nation's hearts when a photograph showing him sadly staring at his shopping list went viral online after the shelves had been stripped bare.

SUPERMARKET SWEEP

It comes after supermarkets started limiting the number of customers in stores and put up screens to protect staff from the coronavirus.

It comes as Boris Johnson this week ordered people to stay at home and announced he's asked the police to enforce the new measures.

Yesterday it was revealed 9,529 people have the infection in the UK and 465 have now died from it.

Prince Charles, 71, has been struck down by the virus but is said to be doing well, and the Queen is also in "good health".

To protect grocery shoppers and staff alike, Waitrose said the number of customers allowed in at any one time will be limited so that social distancing can be maintained.

It'll operate a "one in, one out" policy when it's judged that the shop is at capacity, which will depend between each branch based on the number of tills.

SHOPS ALLOWED TO STAY OPEN

ONLY a small group of retailers will be allowed to stay open, they include: 

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Takeaways and food deliveries
  • Health shops
  • Medical services – eg, dentists
  • Vets
  • Newsagents
  • Pet shops
  • Hardware stores
  • Retail shops in hospitals
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Undertakers
  • Banks, building socities
  • Short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points
  • Storage and distribtion centres
  • Post Offices
  • Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets
  • Public toilets
  • Car garages and repair shops
  • Food banks and shelters

Morrisons is also introducing signage in stores to support social distancing, including floor stickers, posters and banners which will ask customers to keep one trolley distance apart.

It'll also give guidance on where to wait and where to queue.Iceland said it's in the process of putting down tape to encourage social distancing at checkouts, and will fit screens to checkouts from next week.

Lidl this week announced plans to introduce the screens in all stores too, but it hasn't yet clarified when customers can expect them to appear.

And Sainsbury's told The Sun it's introducing screens at manned checkouts as quickly as possible.

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Last week, McDonald's and Tesco stores started using sticky tape to mark how far apart customers should stand to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Meanwhile, here's a guide on what each supermarket is rationing due to panic-buying shoppers.

Online deliveries and shopping will continue despite the move to close all non-essential shops yesterday.

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