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Local Headlines - June 2020

Nerja library

 

Nerja has taken the first steps towards constructing a new municipal library.  It is to be on an empty site in calle Iglesia, opposite the south wall of El Salvador church on the Balcón de Europa.  The 800 square metre facility planned will more than triple the space available at the present library in edificio Mercado.

Holiday changed

For the first time since in started in 1963, Nerja’s annual San Isidro romería was called off last month and the town hall cancelled the local holiday scheduled for May 15, because of the Covid-19 emergency.  The event and holiday have been re-scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, which is the feast day of San Miguel, the town’s patron saint.  Málaga city has already cancelled its annual midsummer San Juan celebration on June 24.

Hornet kills

A 54-year-old man in Galicia is reported to have died after being stung on the eyebrow by an giant hornet.  He was found lying beside his beehives and the emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene.  The insect responsible, Vespa velutina, is known to have been in Spain since 2010 and is a smaller version of the Asian hornet Vespa mandarinia which has recently been found in the US and which can wipe out a bee colony in hours.

Striker detained

Former Real Madrid striker Edwin Congo has denied any involvement in drugs trafficking.  The 43-year-old Colombian was detained with nine others last month following a National Police operation.  Other arrests were made in Bulgaria, The Netherlands and Colombia, while 1,200 kilos of cardboard impregnated with cocaine was seized along with over 1,000 litres of the chemicals required to extract the drug.

 

Body found

A 51-year-old Spanish woman whose body was found in a car parked in Torre del Mar early on May 4 is thought to have committed suicide.  National Police opened an investigation after they were alerted to the incident in calle Ruta del Pomel in the El Tomillar urbanisation, close to the water park.  A post-mortem revealed a single knife wound to the chest but no other bruises or lesions.

Camps dismantled

Police dismantled 15 illegal settlements along the coast of Nerja last month.  The camp sites had been established on beaches at Caleta, Barranco de Maro and Cuevas del Acueducto and the municipal cleansing department had to use a boat to remove the amount of rubbish which had accumulated.  Three foreign nationals have been formally denounced and a number of stray dogs in the area have been captured and removed.

 

Local News  - June 2020

More officers

Torrox plans to double the number of police officers in its local force.  Mayor Óscar Medina says security is a priority in the municipality, so the present establishment of 25 is to be increased initially by ten, with a further 15 to follow.  Notice of the first batch of new positions appeared in the Official State Bulletin last month, but the appointments are likely to be delayed because of the present State of Alarm.

Plant trials

Reports say that the first trials of Nerja’s new water treatment plant are expected to start in the summer.  It appears the absence of tourists and the closure of most commercial premises in recent weeks has allowed swift progress to be made.  Following six months of tests and checks, the system is now anticipated to be operating early next year, five years later than was planned when the construction contract was awarded.

Local News  - June 2020

Funds doubled

Nerja is to double the funds available to help needy families and is adopting extraordinary means to support rent and mortgage payments.  The measures, financed at national, regional and provincial levels, are amongst 40 being introduced to mitigate the serious economic problems which have arisen as a result of the coronavirus crisis.  Priorities including creating jobs, preparing tourism strategies and revitalising local trade.

Drugs boat

A boat capable of carrying up to 2,000 kilos of hashish was found washed up on Nerja’s Burriana beach at the end of April.  A Moroccan national was later detained by the Guardia Civil, but no trace of any illegally imported drugs has been found.  The appearance and subsequent removal of the launch on the sands marred the first day on which families with children had been allowed back onto the beach during the lockdown restrictions.

Regional News - June 2020

Economy shrinks

Spain’s economy shrank by 5.2 per cent in the first three months of the year, the largest fall on record.  The government is predicting the devastation caused in the tourist sector could lead towards a drop of 9.2 per cent by the end of the year, while the EC has predicted Spain will be one of the hardest hit countries.

Crisis demos

Cities including Málaga last month saw demonstrations against the government’s handling of the health crisis, many of which ignored present restrictions on large gatherings.  The far-right party Vox has encouraged the protests but denies organising them.  The Guardia Civil has warned of a “high probability” of social unrest in the coming weeks, including “acts of sabotage against critical infrastructure or buildings with ties to political parties.”

Terror arrest

A Moroccan national was arrested in Barcelona last month on suspicion of planning a terror attack in the city.  Guardia Civil officers had him under surveillance for four years, but said his “process of radicalisation” had quickened during the coronavirus lockdown and he had been seen breaking confinement rules.  Investigators feared his motives after IS called for its followers to stage attacks in their home countries.

Costa murder

UK police are reported to have detained a suspect in connection with the murder of a 39-year-old British businessman near Fuengirola last November.  Peter Andrew Williamson from Manchester was shot dead in his car in what was believed to be feud between drugs gangs.  A second suspect is reported to have been detained at his home in Murcia, where 21 kilos of drugs were also seized, and is being held on remand.

Army prediction

The Spanish Army expects the country to take up to 18 months to return to normality.  An internal document anticipates two further waves of coronavirus infections in the autumn or winter, after which the danger of infection would be “seriously weakened.”  Meanwhile, regional governments are reported to be stock-piling medical supplies in case of new outbreaks later in the year.

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