Bale under police protection
WELSH football star Gareth Bale and his fiancee Emma Rhys-Jones are receiving police protection after a relative vanished with valuables linked to a drug gang.
Emma's cousin, model Epiphany Dring, 27, was last seen by her family five weeks ago and British police believe she may be in Malaysia, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the report, Bale's hotel room was being protected by armed police after Dring is believed to have disappeared with a suitcase containing valuables estimated at £1 million (S$1.8 million).
The suitcase is believed to contain watches, drugs and £300,000 in cash.
Emma's family had been targeted in several arson attacks over the suitcase, which is believed to be linked to a feud with a drug gang.
Police in North Wales have charged a 22-year-old man with criminal damage and arrested a 54-year-old woman on suspicion of making threats to kill.
Armed police were stationed outside Bale's hotel room in Gran Canaria, Spain, before Real Madrid's game against Las Palmas on Saturday.
London's The Sun newspaper reported a source as saying: "There were three armed police posted outside the rooms, obviously there to make sure there were no unwanted visitors."
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