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Arrest after Briton killed on the Algarve

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Image caption The victim was living in Alcoutim, near Faro, on the Algarve

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a British man "with a spear" in Portugal.

The Policia Judiciaria said the victim, 58, thought to originally be from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was living in Alcoutim, near Faro, on the Algarve, when he was killed.

A 20-year-old man, from Portugal, was arrested and is being held by police.

The Briton has been named in reports as ex-accountant Simon Carley-Pocock.

He is believed to have moved to Portugal more than 10 years ago.

A police spokesman said: "The victim was 58 years old. He was killed with a stab blow to the abdominal area. A man suspected of the crime of murder was arrested."

It has been reported that a spear was used in the attack which is thought to have happened over the weekend.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are in contact with local authorities following the death of a British national in the Algarve and are ready to provide consular assistance."