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Benidorm Attack

Volume 646: debated on Tuesday 4 September 2018

6. What recent discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on the attack on Jimmy Carol in Benidorm. (906713)

I was appalled by the attack in the bar in Benidorm that put Jimmy Carol in a coma. Our consular staff have been supporting him and his family and talking to the Spanish police responsible for the investigation, and I hope Mr Carol makes a full recovery and that his attacker is brought to justice.

What information does the Minister have that might explain the serious delay in the investigation of that violent attack on my constituent?

The circumstances were a little confusing. The Spanish police might have seen it as a straightforward pub brawl, when in fact Mr Carol was intervening to back up some women who were being badly harassed. I think the answer to the hon. Lady’s question is that it took some time for the local police to pass the case on to the national police. I would be perfectly happy for her to come and see me, perhaps with a close relative of Mr Carol, and I will do my utmost to ensure that consular officials do all that they can on this case.