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The latest local, regional and national news. Covering Nerja, the Axarquia, Eastern Costa del Sol and Spain

Suicide prevented off Caleta

A 30-year-old man with psychiatric problems was prevented from committing suicide by drowning in a dramatic incident off Caleta de Vélez last month.


Local News  - November 2018

Road death

A 54-year-old woman died last month when her car was in a head-on collision with a lorry transporting milk on a three-lane stretch of the A-356 near the Viñuela reservoir. Her car is reported to have been completely destroyed by the impact and she died at the scene. Police immediately opened an investigation into the cause of the fatal crash.

Fireman dies

A fireman from Antequera died early on October 21 following intense rainfall across Málaga the previous day. The vehicle he was in overturned while helping with flooding relief in the Campanillos district of the capital. He is reported to have tried to climb onto the roof of the truck but was swept away by the current. His body was found next morning

Flooding call

Heavy rain in October has prompted calls from businesses and residents for the city of Málaga to develop an action to combat flooding. One problem to be addressed is the fact that sewage and rain water drainage share the same system of pipes, while reforestation and cleaning water channels are also on the agenda. Juan Cobalea, a member of the Confederation of Employers, said an “urgent fix” is required.


Local News  - November 2018

Hospital site

Málaga Town Hall has ceded land for a new hospital in the city to the regional government. The site is adjacent to the Hospital Civil and is presently used for car parking. The Health Ministry is expected to invest €230 million in the new facility which is scheduled to open during 2024.

Sports arsonist

Police in Vélez-Málaga have been searching for arsonists who set fire to a pile of mats at the town’s Fernando Ruiz Hierro sports stadium last month. The blaze also affected other materials stored with the mats which are used as landing cushions in the high jump and pole vault events. With the nearest fire station nearby, the outbreak was quickly stifled and an enquiry was opened.

Driver flees

Five cars and a van were damaged in Málaga’s avenida Blas Infante last month by a driver who then fled the scene. The incident in the morning rush hour ended when a suspect was traced and tested positive for alcohol. Three people sustained slight injuries as a result of the impacts and traffic in the area was disrupted for a time.

Wave power

A Málaga company is to test a prototype floating power-producing platform. Enerocean says it consists of two turbines, each generating six megawatts, which generate electricity from wave motion. After specialised manufacture in Scotland, the system will be tested off the Canary Islands next spring.

Rain damage

Rain water has caused the collapse of a false ceiling in Málaga’s Hospital Civil. A nursing assistant suffered a slight concussion as the plaster came down in three rooms and a rest room. Hospital authorities are investigating whether the incident is connected to recent renovation work on the same floor.

Festive lights

Málaga’s Christmas lights will be switched on on November 30. The city’s colour and sound spectacle is now regarded as one of best nationally, but as usual, details of this year’s display are top secret. The Córdoba firm Iluminaciones Ximenez has again been contracted to prepare the traditional celebration and has been at work for some weeks erecting the festive favourites.

Local News - November 2018

Burglars jailed

Two hooded men who broke into a property in La Cala del Moral and threatened the occupants with knives have been jailed. The 19- and 22-year-olds, both with previous convictions for theft, aggression, possession and drugs offences, caused a hand injury to one of the residents. Local police found two kitchen knives, plus a set of keys believed to have been stolen from another property.

City chase

Police in Málaga were led on a high-speed chase through the city centre by a 27-year-old Moroccan man last month. The suspect made a dramatic change of direction in his black BMW when he saw the officers ahead and collided with street furniture as he was pursued the wrong way down one-way streets by local and National force cars. Finally, the car slammed into a lamppost and was halted, enabling the arrest of the suspect who was found to have a criminal history.

New bridges

Nerja Town Council has contracted an Asturias firm to install wooden foot bridges over the estuaries of the Seco and Chillar rivers at a cost of more than €252,000. Work includes the installation of two prefabricated wooden walkways, as well as environmental regeneration of the environment. In 2015, the Council said the bridges would be 16.5 and 30 metres long respectively, both with a width of three metres, and with a period of execution of one month each.

Serious injuries

A man and a woman in their 30s were seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a car on the MA-3113 between Triana and Vélez-Málaga. The man was admitted to Vélez-Málaga Hospital with fractures and bruising while the woman was transferred to the intensive care unit at Carlos Haya Hospital in Málaga. The car diver tested positive for alcohol.

City shooting

Five people from the same family were arrested in Málaga’s La Palmilla district early one morning last month after reports of shooting, A sixth person who left at speed away in an Audi A3 was chased by police patrols and found to be a 22-year-old man guilty of numerous former offences. A firearm and a quantity of cocaine were seized during the operation while marijuana plantation was found in the home of one of the suspects.

Health delay

Cómpeta has asked the regional government to speed up the project to move its health centre to its new site. Mayor Obdulio Perez says the current facilities are, “unsustainable, with deficiencies affecting the basic needs of residents.” Approval has already been granted for the new centre to be built on a 550 square metre site in Plaza de la Axarquía

Braille boards

Information boards in Braille have been installed on some of Vélez-Málaga’s main beaches as part of its “Beaches all year” project. The town hall says the move is another step towards the removal of barriers on its beaches, “which today are a benchmark in the province for their adapted areas and extensive equipment.” The new panels have been erected on the sea fronts in Banajarafe, Caleta, and Torre del Mar, amongst other towns in the municipality.

Cable collapse

Several metres of the electric cables which powered the Vélez-Málaga tranvía system were pulled down by a lorry last month. It appears the lorry hooked the cables, which have been out of service since the tramway was suspended in 2012, at a roundabout on avenida Rey Juan Carlos I. Municipal workers struggled to clear the obstruction in heavy rain and driving wind.

Record summer

The Axarquía is reported to have attracted a record number of tourists this summer, following a decline last year. Growth is particularly notable in areas of raisin production with more British, Danish and Dutch visitors this year. Many hotels have been full and report their clients’ interest in a quiet environment and the customs and cuisine of the area.

New caviar

Spain’s largest olive oil cooperative, Dcoop of Antequera, has launched a new product: olive caviar. The business hopes it will enable them to enhance its presence and enter the delicatessen market. The caviar is described as ideal to accompany cold dishes, gazpacho, or meat and fish by providing the flavour of the extra virgin oil and olives.

Local News  - November 2018

Assault arrest

A 41-year-old Moroccan man has been detained for assaulting a 21-year-old woman outside a nightclub in Torre del Mar last month. He is reported to have touched her inappropriately and without her consent, before slapping her face. National Police said he claimed to have been fighting with someone who had fled the scene, before being taken to a health centre for assessment.

Dealer jailed

A 37-year-old Málaga woman has been sent to prison for selling drugs. A court in the city heard she sold cocaine and heroin to customers from her home in the García Grana district, and in front of her two daughters aged seven years and eight weeks. Quantities of various substances were found by police at the home of the woman who has previous convictions for drugs trafficking.

Local News  - November 2018

Market protest

More than 200 people turned out in Almuñécar last month to protest at the planned demolition of the town’s market. The local council has invited tenders to raze the existing market which is on a prime site in the town centre and to rebuild incorporating a large food area. Opponents say the plan will be hugely detrimental to local retailers and have vowed to fight it “tooth and nail.”

Driver detained

A 52-year-old French national was arrested at 4.00am in Rincón de la Victoria after being seen driving erratically and at speed in the town. He tested positive for alcohol and police found quantities of marijuana and hashish in his car. The detained man is reported to have a history of motoring offences.

UK suspect

A 32-year-old Brazilian man wanted in the UK on drugs offences has been detained in Málaga. He was detained in the Las Flores district on a European arrest warrant. According to the indictment, the suspect had a prominent role in a Brazilian criminal organisation which hid drugs in tourist apartments in London and distributed them to customers by messengers on mopeds.

Andalucía’s prettiest

Frigiliana is Andalucía’s prettiest village according to the Spanish daily El Pais. The paper recently held a poll to find the country’s 250 most beautiful places with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants and the town north of Nerja came 11th in the final list published last month. Also on the list are five other Andalucian villages - Grazalema, Cazorla, Pampaneira, Setenil de las Bodegas and Mojáca – while top nationally is Albarracin in Aragon.

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November 2018

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