British tourist who died in holiday fall may have been victim of sexual assault

Described by witnesses as ‘zig-zagging’ from side-to-side through drink, Kay spent the night dancing in bars at the Cala En Porter resort before walking towards her accommodation initially with a Spanish chef at around 4am. But just four hours later, Mrs Flitcroft, from Blackpool, Lancs, was found critically injured in a gap between a supermarket and a wall, She was airlifted to hospital but pronounced dead the following day. A post-mortem examination concluded she died from serious head injuries.

British police investigated the incident as a possible sexual assault after inquiries revealed Mrs Flitcroft was found at the scene with her underwear around her ankles and her skirt at the top of the wall.

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But almost two years on her family have learned no criminal charges will be brought, despite their unanswered questions over whether she was alone at the time of the fall. A British holidaymaker and a Spanish chef were quizzed over the victim’s death. The Blackpool inquest was told privately educated Mrs Flitcroft had graduated from Liverpool Hope University and worked as an English teacher in South Korea before becoming branch manager of a William Hill bookmakers. She had flown out to Menorca with her husband whom she married in 2011 to stay at the Discount Holidays © holiday home of her parents Roger and Sue Isherwood.

On the evening of May 30 2014 she and Mr Flitcroft watched England play Peru in a soccer friendly ahead of the summer’s World Cup tournament.

From 8pm until around midnight they partied with a group of friends at the Seagrams pub in the resort, before Mr Flitcroft decided to head home. Kay stayed with a group of men and women who were also holidaying in the area and they moved on to Ayashe bar, a late-night venue popular with local pub and restaurant staff. Described as ‘fun-loving, energetic and flirtatious’, Kay befriended a Spanish chef and an older British holidaymaker in the club and stayed with the pair until around 4am, by which point her friends had left, it was said.

In a statement, her friend Victoria Goodman, who had been with the group until 3am, said that the following morning she bumped into another man who had been with the group2 the night before. The man, Ian Shepherd, said a friend Gerald – known as Jez – had not returned to the apartment until 8am, but later changed his story, it was said.

“He clearly did not know what had happened to Kay,” Ms Goodman said. “He told me Jez had not got back until 8am and he said he had been with a blonde bird watching the sun rise. There had been three blonde girls out and he questioned whoKay was and I said she was blonde with glasses but he didn’t know anything which was apparent from his behaviour.”

“This is clearly a very difficult set of circumstances. She was heavily intoxicated during the course of the evening and morning but it can’t be established how she came to fall from that wall.” Coroner Alan Wilson

But the man was later interviewed by British police where he confirmed he had met Kay and they had chatted but he last saw her at 4am. He said he went towards his own accommodation and sat on a cliff overlooking the sea while he smoked cigarettes, where he briefly spoke to a woman who was walking her dog.

Chef Oscar Armando, who had been with working at a nearby restaurant before visiting the Ayashe bar, is believed to be the last person to see Kay before the incident. He said: “She was walking in a zig zag. She was dancing in a provocative way with everyone at the bar. Jez told me to go away as if telling me she was his.

“When I left I asked if I could take her home. When I saw she was very drunk I turned around and went home. This was about 4.40am.”

Det Insp Patrick O’Neil of Lancashire Police said officers investigated a sexual element to the tragedy but found no evidence3. Recording a narrative conclusion, coroner Alan Wilson said Mrs Flitrcroft may have been trying to answer a call of nature when she fell.

But he added: “This is clearly a very difficult set of circumstances. She was heavily intoxicated during the course of the evening and morning but it can’t be established how she came to fall from that wall.”

“Perhaps she needs to urinate and has found a quiet spot but hasn’t appreciated what the drop was on the other side. For me to record that in the conclusion wouldn’t be appropriate as it would be speculating. I do think there is a chance that might have happened.”

In a statement Mr Flitcroft, an executive office manager, said he grew concerned when he woke at 7am and his wife was nowhere to be seen. When she failed to respond to text messages he went looking for her, and soon stumbled across an ambulance near their villa before his ‘world then ended’. He did not attend the hearing and is said to be living in Spain with a new partner. Speaking after the hearing, Kay’s brother Michael Isherwood said: “We have got a lot of unanswered questions and we will probably never know exactly what happened.

We want to know whether or not she was on her own. I don’t believe she would have been going there for a wee, to use the toilet. That’s not a possibility, not if you knew her.

“She was such an amazing woman.

She was awesome.

She was always the centre of attention with such a warm personality.”


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US tourist killed in wave of attacks in Israel as Joe Biden arrives for visit

Minutes earlier, a young Palestinian man wounded two Israeli police officers as he opened fire from a motorcycle in a drive-by shooting in East Jerusalem. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire. A Palestinian man also stabbed an Israeli in an off-license in the city of Petah Tikva. The victim pulled the knife out and stabbed the attacker to death with it, according to Israel’s Channel 10.

Earlier in the day a 51-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead after allegedly trying to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem. The violence made for a bloody start to Mr Biden’s two-day visit.

US Tourist Killed In Wave Of Attacks In Israel As Joe Biden Arrives For Visit

Speaking just a few minutes from the scene of the Jaffa attack, the vice president said: “We have absolutely, total unvarnished commitment to the security of Israel. There is no evidence that the attacks were coordinated, however police said it was possible that Mr Biden’s visit was a “general trigger” for the violence.

They represent another grim day in the midst of a wave of violence that has killed around 183 Palestinians and 28 Israelis. Most the of Palestinian dead were killed while attacking Israeli troops or civilians, according to the Israeli military. There are few hopes that Mr Biden’s visit will lead to movement on the peace process, which has stagnated amidst recriminations on both sides.

The visit is expected to focus instead on a new ten-year US military aid package for Israel that is being negotiated between the two sides.

US Tourist Killed In Wave Of Attacks In Israel As Joe Biden Arrives For Visit

The US provides Israel around $3 billion ( 2.1 billion) a year in military aid under a an agreement that is due to expire in 2018. Israel hopes that the new agreement, referred to as the “memorandum of understanding”, will increase that figure but the two sides have yet to reach a deal. Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested that if the Obama administration is unwilling to meet his requests, he could wait until a new president takes office in January 2017 and negotiate with them instead.

Mr Biden arrived amid a fresh spat between Mr Netanyahu and the White House. The Israeli leader was expected to fly to Washington later this month but abruptly called off the trip – apparently with no warning to President Barack Obama. The White House issued an unusually pointed statement saying it was “surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit”.

US Tourist Killed In Wave Of Attacks In Israel As Joe Biden Arrives For Visit

Mr Netanyahu’s office denied that he had surprised the White House and said he called off the trip to avoid becoming entangled in the heated politics of the US presidential election. Mr Biden may also focus on supporting nascent reconciliation talks between Israel and Turkey. The two Middle Eastern countries have been in a diplomatic freeze since Israeli naval commandos killed nine Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010.

Shortly before Christmas, they announced they had reached the outlines of an agreement to restore ties but have yet to reach a final agreement. Mr Obama personally brokered an apology phone call from Mr Netanyahu to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, during a visit to the region in 2013. Mr Biden may hope to secure a similar movement.

The US vice president will meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday night.

Mr Abbas is expected to tell Mr Biden that the Palestinian people and their semi-government, the Palestinian Authority, are at breaking point as time passes without any prospect of a peace deal with Israel.


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Are family ski holidays worth the hassle?

I stomped in a huff back to our hotel, reflecting on challenging situations from previous family ski holidays. An Austrian hotel s child care service, run by someone more like Cruella de Vil than Mary Poppins; the time we spent an eight-hour Gatwick delay doing endless loops of an escalator to entertain our daughters. And the time Holly projectile vomited over fellow coach passengers on the long and winding mountain road at the beginning of a three-hour airport transfer.

Are Family Ski Holidays Worth The Hassle?

The glove mission also gave me plenty of time to contemplate the high cost of family trips, especially during school holidays. (I was highly likely to incur a fine, having taken my eldest on Discount Holidays © holiday during term time6.) Was is it all worth it? On this particular occasion, yes.

My mood lightened and then soared within an hour. All it took was a few runs on Val Claret s nursery slope, with my now gloved eldest following me down the piste at a steady pace, and a few more, much slower, holding Holly under her arms so she could enjoy her first skiing experience. Helping your kids to ski and learn to love the mountains is a turbo-charged mood enhancer.

Are Family Ski Holidays Worth The Hassle?

There was so much about this trip with Mark Warner in the week before the Easter holidays that confirmed why I am, on balance, a fan of family ski holidays at least the fully catered, fully child care-provided ones such specialist operators offer. Everything is designed to reduce hassle for parents so they, and their kids, can make the most of their time in the mountains. Every day, after a hearty breakfast at the hotel a buffet of yummy offerings including full English, croissants and platters of fresh fruit we got Zoe ready for ski school. Evolution 2 instructors picked her up from the hotel at 9am and took her and fellow pupils to gentle slopes at Val Claret, or Mark Warner s staff would drive them to meet the teachers at the more extensive nursery slopes of Tignes7 Le Lac.

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We dropped Holly off at a similar time at the extensive, well-equipped nursery within the Chalet Hotel L Ecrin staffed by Mark Warner s team of seven nannies, all with a minimum of two years relevant child care experience and most with an NVQ or equivalent qualification. Here, she d join five or six other kids of a similar age for Mini Club, where they got involved in a wide range of activities, including building snowmen, doing jigsaw puzzles and, for a special treat, visiting a caf to drink hot chocolate. All the kids in ski school and at nursery had lunch back at the hotel. Vere and I only put Zoe in for morning ski lessons.

Afterwards she went to Kidz Club painting was a big hit while Holly carried on with Mini Club, doing similar activities to her big sister. At 5pm, high tea was laid on for the 24 kids staying that week. As each day passed young friendships were forged and the noise level and rowdiness increased exponentially.

Are Family Ski Holidays Worth The Hassle?

In the evenings, we d get Zoe and Holly ready for bed, then take them to the complimentary nursery where, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, the nannies read stories and showed a children s film. Meanwhile, Vere and I were enjoying a three-course dinner with the other adult guests a happy mix of school-fine risking parents, parents of toddlers, child-free couples and small groups of friends. With the full-time child-care and catering, it would have been easy for us to barely see our kids during the day and indulge our passion for the slopes from 9am to 5pm. With 300km of pistes to explore in the vast Espace Killy ski area that Val Claret is part of, this was sorely tempting. On one occasion, we didn t get back until 4pm, having travelled to the other extremity of the ski area the pistes above Le Fornet in Val d Is re.

Mostly though, we arrived back soon after the children s lunch so we could then spend quality time with them in the afternoon skiing, tobogganing, going for a walk or grabbing an apr s drink at one of many lively caf s or bars in Val Claret s pedestrianised centre. The bear-themed Grizzly, with stuffed teddies everywhere, was an unsurprising favourite.

Are Family Ski Holidays Worth The Hassle?

The other hit was swimming in the chalet hotel s pool. It was great for us adults to soothe weary muscles and for our kids to expend yet more energy and ensure a good night s sleep for all of us. I just wish I d had more time to enjoy the sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath. This upmarket facility reflects the quality of the 56-bedroom L Ecrin, previously an independently run four-star hotel.

The interior features lots of local wood panelling in spacious bedrooms, flat screen TVs on the wall, large lounge at the heart of the building with inviting sofas around an open fireplace.

Are Family Ski Holidays Worth The Hassle?

The quality of accommodation and facilities is a cut above the regular Mark Warner offering more four star than three and a level of luxury that was the icing on the cake of our family Discount Holidays © holiday experience. But ultimately the success of any family ski Discount Holidays © holiday comes down to the experiences on the slopes. On every one I ve been on there have been epiphanies, stand-out moments creating memories for life. These have included a 5km long toboggan ride in Saas Fee, Zoe and Holly s first time on the pistes (Les Gets9 and Les Menuires10 respectively) and watching Zoe first master a snowplough turn (Les Deux Alpes11). The epiphany on this particular trip happened on the final day.

We took Zoe on the funicular from Val Claret to the Panoramic restaurant at 3,032m. We stopped briefly to take in the spectacular view of the surrounding serried ranks of mountains and the imposing Grande Motte glacier above, before descending nearly 1,000m on the gentle blue G n py run to Val Claret. Zoe followed in my tracks, then Vere s, perfectly mimicking our snowplough turns and putting her skis parallel on the gentler sections. When we reached the bottom she said, Daddy, can we do it again? My heart burst with pride and relief and any lingering negative thoughts I d had about the wisdom of going on family holidays were obliterated. So much so, I wasn t even bothered about the fine I was inevitably going to incur.

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Seven nights chalet board at Mark Warner s Chalet Hotel L Ecrin ( costs from 568 per adult and 463 per child. Children s ski lessons with Evolution 2 cost from 186 (five mornings). Five days of Kidz Club (6-12 years), 155. Six days Mini Club (3-5 years), 180.

Both prices include supervised lunch.

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