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British businessman, 39, dies after being shot in the HEART outside luxury Costa del Sol villa


A BRITISH businessman died after being shot in the heart in a suspected professional hit in a Costa del Sol holiday resort on Thursday.

Peter Andrew Williamson, 39, from Salford, Greater Manchester, was killed as he parked outside his luxury villa in Riviera del Sol near the town of Fuengirola.

 Peter Andrew Williamson, 39, from Salford, Greater Manchester died after being shot in the Costa del Sol

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Peter Andrew Williamson, 39, from Salford, Greater Manchester died after being shot in the Costa del SolCredit: Solarpix
 It is thought that Williamson could have been targeted as part of a professional hit

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It is thought that Williamson could have been targeted as part of a professional hitCredit: Solarpix

He was sitting outside his home in his UK-plated Audi at around 3.15pm after returning from the gym when he was targeted.

The house is on a residential street in the hills above the Mediterranean, and has a notice on its front gate which reads in Spanish: “CCTV operating in this area. You may be being recorded.”

He is believed to have been shot from another vehicle that drew up beside him before speeding from the scene.

He died instantly after one of the seven bullets fired hit him in the heart.

Spanish business records show Mr Williamson was registered as a self-employed agricultural sector intermediary specialising in “international trade”.

Local paper Diario Sur reported today that police were focusing on the theory the Brit expat’s murder was drugs-related.

It also said he had been arrested by Spanish police in March for using a transport firm to send cannabis resin from Malaga to an unidentified destination.

There has been no official comment from Costa del Sol police about the reports.

Officers have confirmed no arrests have yet been made.

‘DEVASTATED AND HEARTBROKEN’

Friends and relatives paid tribute to Mr Williamson, who was nicknamed Snaggle and is believed to have two children.

Aunt Carol Williamson Moores wrote on social media: “My caring beautiful nephew little Peter.

“Taken from us in horrible circumstances. Gone too soon.

“Love you Snaggle. Always in my heart. Will never be forgotten.”

Sarah Kay Moores added: “Absolutely devastated and heartbroken. Still doesn’t seem real that he’s gone.”

Dawn Collinge wrote: “Wow. In Shock. RIP Snuggle.”

Mr Williamson’s murder was the second in less than a week in the area.

Last Friday, a man was shot dead on a a residential estate known as Andasol, a short drive from Marbella town centre.

The killer is believed to have fled the scene in a getaway car, and the incident is also being linked to a gangland drugs feud.

The murders follow a string of other violent incidents on the Costa del Sol in recent months.

They have included two attacks on Brits, the shooting of a Dutchman in a sushi restaurant in the popular resort of Benalmadena, and the machine-gun murder of a Frenchman outside his home in Marbella.

Last September, a 24-year-old Brit was stabbed twice in the legs by an assailant who attacked him in the street without warning in the resort of Puerto Banus.

Ten days earlier, a 35-year-old Brit was shot, stabbed, beaten, and given a Glasgow Smile after being abducted by a gang of criminals over a drug deal.

The torture victim was later identified as Craig Moran, jailed for 13 years for his part in a September 2003 armed raid on a jeweller’s in Nottingham in which shop owner Marian Bates was killed.


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