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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
Watch photo: Shutter

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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Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon

A runner taking part in an ultra-marathon in the Alps has died during the race after a fatal fall on a high-altitude mountain path, emergency services told AFP on Wednesday.

Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon
The race traverses Mont Blanc. Illustration photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

The 35-year-old from the Czech Republic was taking part in a warm-up event ahead of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a famed endurance event that takes place every year around western Europe’s highest peak.

The man fell during the night after setting off with more than 1,000 other runners from the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Tuesday afternoon along the 145-kilometre course of the TDS race to Chamonix in France.

Emergency services were alerted after midnight on Wednesday and flew in a helicopter to the scene of the accident in the Bourg-Saint-Maurice district, but they were unable to revive him, local police commander Patrice Ribes told AFP.

Organisers of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which takes places on Friday, said it was the first death in one of their events since their start in 2003.

Elsewhere in the French Alps on Wednesday, a 60-year-old climber died in the Isère region after suffering a fall of 30 metres.

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