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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 January 2006, 06:23 GMT
British couple killed in Tenerife
Playa de las Americas
The couple were found near Playa de las Americas
Spanish police are investigating the murder of a British couple on the island of Tenerife.

The couple, thought to be in their 50s, had lived on the island for more than 15 years and ran a timeshare business.

Their bodies were found near their home at San Miguel, close to Playa de las Americas in the south of the island.

The Foreign Office has said it will not confirm the couple's names until relatives have been told. A friend said their deaths had shocked the island.

Turf war

Spanish police were looking into the possibility that the couple were the victims of a timeshare turf war, said Tenerife journalist Karl McLaughlin.

"South Tenerife and particularly Playa de las Americas have been in the headlines quite a lot in recent years because of considerable criminal activity," he told BBC Five Live.

"There have been many stories of violent patch wars in the timeshare industry.

"There's also an increasing presence of eastern European mafia on the island, we've had several cases of shootings involving Albanians, Kosovars and lately Romanians."

The possible motives for the murders


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