Briton Andrew Bush shot dead in Spanish villa

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Image caption Andrew Bush was found dead at a villa in southern Spain

Spanish police are hunting the killer of a British millionaire jeweller who was shot dead in the Costa del Sol.

Andrew Bush was killed on Saturday morning when he returned to the villa he rented in Estepona, Malaga, having been on holiday with his girlfriend.

Police want to speak to an ex-girlfriend of the Bristolian, local reports suggest.

The 49-year-old owned businesses in the city, including a jewellery shop, according to the Bristol Post.

The deceased's girlfriend called firefighters in the early hours of Saturday to help open the locked Malaga property, the Diario Sur newspaper reported.

'Evil monster'

Mr Bush's ex-wife Sam Mason, a former HTV news reader and BBC Radio Bristol presenter, has flown to the Costa del Sol with her 19-year-old daughter Ellie Mason-Bush.

She said: "We will find out tomorrow if the judge has granted permission for us to see him.

"I will see him first and if it is appropriate then his sister Rachel will see him, but I am undecided as to whether I will let our daughter see him.

"It depends on his injuries. We will also have an indication as to when we can bring him home.

"We just hope and pray the evil monster that did this is caught as soon as possible."

'Feel empty'

Friend Paul Orchard said of the death: "I'm devastated, it will take me a long time to come to terms with this."

He added: "I've been his personal trainer since last September but I knew him for longer than that.

"We struck a good rapport and I only spoke to him on Friday evening, we were going to meet next week.

"When I was first told, I questioned whether it was true and I kept on saying it can't be. Now I feel just a little bit empty, almost like I'm trying to put pieces together.

"I'm trying to comprehend that it's happened."

A Spanish police spokesman said: "We have opened an investigation into the death of a British man who was found at a property near Estepona."

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Estepona, Malaga, on April 5. We are in touch with local authorities and we are providing consular assistance to the family."

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