A former member of the UK’s Special Forces has been arrested on suspicion of masterminding a series of armed robberies in Majorca.

Andrew Martorall, 44, allegedly worked with two members of the Spanish navy and two private security guards to carry out raids on homes and shopping centres.

It is thought that the gang took £238,000 from a shopping complex in Palma over the course of three raids between May 2009 and June 2010.

Martorall has been described by Spanish police as an expert in arms and military tactics.

They believe that the robberies were planned using information provided by a security guard who worked at the shopping centre.

The gang members were arrested in Barcelona following a three-year National Police operation. It is also alleged that they carried out a kidnapping and stole from private homes on the island.

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