Teenagers, 14, held on suspicion of double murder in Spain

OTXARKOAGA: Has suffered a ‘wave of robberies.’ OTXARKOAGA: Has suffered a ‘wave of robberies.’ Google Maps

TWO 14-year-old boys have been held in connection with the murder of an elderly couple in northern Spain.

It comes after the bodies of two 87-year-olds were found by their son-in-law at their home in the Otxarkoaga neighbourhood of Bilbao, Basque Country.

The well-known pair – who until a decade ago ran a popular home decorating business - had been stabbed and beaten to death in their ground floor flat during what police believe was an attempted robbery.

A probe launched in the wake of the find lead to the arrest of the two children, both of who are from Otxarkoaga and have prior criminal records for robbery and violence.

They were identified after detectives interviewed neighbours who had seen them “hanging around” the property, police revealed in a statement.

One of the boys was arrested in the nearby town of Balmaseda before the second turned himself in at a Bilbao petrol station after realising he was being followed.

Residents say that Otxarkoaga has suffered a “wave of robberies” by “the usual suspects” in the past year.

Matt Ford

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