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Suspected paedophile Robert Bill from St Asaph arrested in Morocco

image captionRobert Bill is being held in custody while police investigate allegations of rape

A suspected paedophile from Denbighshire has been arrested by police in Morocco.

Robert Bill, from St Asaph, was detained after residents reportedly overheard the screams of a six-year-old girl he had allegedly abducted.

The 59-year-old was arrested in the port town of Tetouan on Wednesday when a crowd surrounded his Spanish-registered car and notified police.

He is being held in custody while police investigate allegations of rape.

The girl he allegedly abducted, who was from a family in Tetouan, managed to escape, it has been reported.

Mr Bill was alleged to have raped another young the girl in the nearby town of Chefchaouen several days earlier.

He was a resident in the town of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, and a police arrest warrant had been issued in Madrid for paedophilia and kidnapping, according to reports.

The British embassy in Rabat confirmed that a British man had been arrested in Morocco but declined to give further details.

The incident comes just weeks after thousands of Moroccans marched in Casablanca to condemn paedophilia and violence against children in the north African country.

Last month, a 60-year-old Frenchman was jailed for 12 years by a court in Casablanca for paedophilia.