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Mafia luxury watch theft ring busted in Ibiza

Spanish police said on Tuesday they have broken up a gang run by Italy's Camorra crime group that stole luxury watches on Spain's holiday island of Ibiza.

Mafia luxury watch theft ring busted in Ibiza
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Police arrested two leaders of the Camorra, a mafia network based in the Naples area, as well as three other Italians who were experts in stealing watches and "evasive driving" as part of the operation, police said in a statement.

Two of the suspects, a man and a woman, rented an apartment in the most upmarket area of Ibiza Town, the capital of the island, and spent time in its port and other luxury areas to find potential targets.

"Once they selected their target and had verified which type of watch they owned and if it could be sold in Italy, the stalking phase began," the police statement said.

"They observed what time the victim arrived and left, what their main routine was, to determine the best moment to steal the watch."

The gang, which arrived on the Mediterranean island in May, targeted watches that cost at least €10,000 which they then sent to Italy.

Ibiza, the smallest of the three main Balearic islands located some 190 kilometres (120 miles) off Barcelona, is one of Europe's top tourist destinations.

The island, which is known for its luxury nightclubs and turquoise waters, draws rich and famous visitors from around the world. US hotel heiress Paris Hilton and British model Kate Moss are regular visitors.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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