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

Nerja’s indoor pool remains closed

Nerja Town Hall has given the go-head for repairs to be carried out at the town’s indoor swimming pool. The facility has been closed since early April after “deficiencies in the structure” were identified.

Fresh challenge against Brexit

, “The Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave, the official campaign, cheated on its spending limit by almost £700,000.”

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Local News  - September 2018

Scooter fine
A 67-year-old man who was found travelling along the MA-21 autovía on an electric mobility scooter in Málaga has been fined €480.  He was prosecuted after being found on the busy road at 10.15pm in July, having forced several motorists to execute dangerous manoeuvres to avoid him.  Police say that the users of mobility scooters are considered to be pedestrians and are therefore banned from autovías.

Market block
Residents of the Costa del Oro urbanisation in Torrox Costa say the weekly Monday market blocks access for emergency vehicles.  They have asked the town call to move the market stalls away from avenidas Mediterráneo and Esperanto, a move which was promised in March 2015.  At that time, a change was anticipated “later this year.”

Tougher sentences
The Medical Association of Malaga has asked the regional government to support tougher penalties for assaults on health staff and for the presence of security guards in all health centres.  They say that present convictions do little to deter such incidents taking place.  In a little over a month, the Association adds, there have been five cases of attacks on health professionals in Málaga.

Local News  - September 2018

Beach damage
Local police in Vélez-Málaga have identified an 18-year-old Belgian national as being responsible for serious damage at the municipality’s beach reserved for dogs and their owners.  The suspect legally held a beach barbeque but used wood from the fence surrounding the canine area and from a notice board for his fire.  The office of the Deputy Mayor in Torre del Mar denounced, “the lack of civility amongst people whom do not respect what belongs to everyone.”

New manager
The new manager of Nerja’s famous caves took up her new role last month.  José María Domínguez was named by the Foundation which operates the caves and has a degree in law from Madrid’s Open University.  She previously worked in local government at Vélez-Málaga Town Hall for 18 years.

Pedestrian killed
A 69-year-old woman died in the centre of Málaga last month by car whose driver was found to be over the drink-drive limit.  Breath tests on the 56-year-old man showed he was three times over the limit of 25 milligrams of alcohol per litre of air.  He was arrested in calle Eugenio Gross where his car struck the victim as she was crossing the road.

Street brawl
A young man suffered a broken toe and required stitches to face wounds following a brawl in a Nerja street last month.  Three local youths and three Dutch tourists were reported to have come to blows in the incident in calle Jaén which was attended by two local police units.  An investigation was opened by the Guardia Civil.

Youngster injured
A six-year-old girl was taken to hospital with head injuries after falling two metres from the balcony of a house in Arenas.  She was evacuated by helicopter to the Hospital Materno Infantil in Málaga where she was admitted to the intensive care unit for observation.  Health service sources said an enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the accident was underway.

Vélez funeral
The funeral of a 23-year-old man from Vélez-Málaga who was missing for two weeks in the sea off Cádiz was held last month.  Fidel Jiménez Marín disappeared eight kilometres off the coast of Barbate while spear-fishing with friends, sparking a huge search.  He is thought to have been dragged to the bottom before his body returned to the surface and was found ten kilometres away by a passing British pleasure cruiser.

Dehydration danger
A 22-year-old Belgian man was rescued from countryside near Nerja last month after becoming seriously dehydrated.  He was found on the slopes of El Cielo at around 3.00pm by Civil Protection and fire crews after an emergency call was received at midday, and was taken to Nerja’s Health Centre.  The climb up the highest local peak is a popular walking route and explorers have been warned to take care in the present high temperatures.

Fair death
A 26-year-old Swiss national who lives in Alicante died while attending Málaga’s annual fair last month.  Police were called at 5.00am when he appeared to be suffering a violent reaction to drugs, a state known as “agitated delirium,” and officers found him difficult control to prevent him harming himself.  He was eventually taken to hospital where he died and an investigation opened.

Pilot suicide
A 45-year-old Dutch airline pilot found dead in his car at Málaga airport is believed to have committed suicide.  Jouke Schrale, who lived in Mijas, was due to pilot a Ryanair flight to Brussels on August 3, but his body was discovered in his parked in the staff car park after he failed to arrive for work.  The airline said it was “very distressed” at the news.

Aretfact thefts
A German tourist has been caught stealing archaeological artefacts from a restricted excavation site in Murcia.  He was spotted at the dig in a restricted area in Cartagena by a local councillor who saw him slip several objects into a cold storage box.  The suspect has confessed and been charged, while security at the town centre site has been stepped up.

Gang rivalries
Eight people suspected of belonging to two juvenile gangs have been detained in Rincón de la Victoria.  They are suspected of involvement in kidnapping, illegal detention, torture, robbery with violence, injuries and privacy violations during confrontations between the two groups.  All suspects are local and aged between 16 and 25 years.

Night rescue
An 18-year-old Dutch tourist had to be rescued after trying to swim from La Caleta de Maro beach around the rocky coastline to Nerja’s Burriana beach in the dark.  Friends raised the alarm and a four-hour search began.  He was discovered trapped on a rocky outcrop from where a Maritime Service boat and members of the Guardia Civil sub-aqua team rescued him.

National and Regional News   - September 2018

Car death
A ten-month-old baby girl died after being left in car for eight hours on Mallorca last month.  Her 56-year-old grandfather faces manslaughter charges after telling police he forget she was in the car when he parked at 7.00am.  Officers who were called to the scene and broke into the vehicle are reported to have broken down in tears when she was found to be dead.

Narrow escape
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Two Spanish tourists were on the Morandi bridge in Genoa when it collapsed last month.  Pedro Barthe from Asturias and his cousin were less than a kilometre away from disaster when they ground to a halt and watched in horror as vehicles plunged 90 metres to the ground.  They said the scene was “total chaos” with a constant procession of emergency services vehicles arriving.

Tourist dies
A British tourist on Ibiza died on his 24th birthday last month after diving into the sea and hitting his head on rocks.  He was pronounced dead at the scene despite being pulled out of the water by friends and emergency responders could do nothing to save him. The dead man is believed to have dived into the water from a height of eight metres at a cove called Cala Gració near San Antonio.

Intoxicated toddler
The parents of a 15-month-old baby found to be intoxicated on cocaine and marihuana have been detained in Alicante.  The 17-year-old mother and 21-year-old father were reported to police by a hospital where the infant was taken for treatment.  The child was reported to be responding well and will remain under the protection of the Valencia region when released from the hospital.

Suspension call
Political party Ciudadanos has called for Cataluña to be suspended of its powers again after its new leader said his regional government will “attack” the “unjust Spanish state.”  Quim Torra made the remarks on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Barcelona and Tarragona.  Cataluña’s powers were suspended by Madrid last October following an illegal independence referendum, but reinstated after Torra became regional president.

Briton died
Six Britons appeared in court on Ibiza last month after 23-year-old British tourist died in a fight.  Police in the resort of San Antonio said the victim, named as Conor Lee Spraggs from Stevenage, died in the early hours of Sunday, August 12.  Five suspects were freed on bail, and the sixth remained in custody pending a criminal investigation.

Rape charge
A 26-year-old British resident on Mallorca is suspected of beating and raping a 22-year-old woman.  The man named as Dylan Rogers was arrested at an apartment next his own and appeared in court next day, August 10.  The victim, who had been bound with insulating tape, is reported to have been taken to hospital for treatment to bruising on her arms, legs and face.

Crash anniversary
Spain marked the tenth anniversary of the Spanair crash at Madrid’s Barajas airport on August 20 with flowers, music and poetry at the memorial erected to remember the 154 victims.  There were no survivors when flight JK5022 to Gran Canaria crashed on take-off.  Full reasons for the accident remain unclear while Spanair went out of business months later.

Low unemployment
Unemployment in Spain during July fell to the lowest level since December 2008.  The total of 3.13 million was achieved after over 27,000 people found jobs, mainly thanks to seasonal work in the tourist industry.  Amongst the regions, Andalucía recorded one of the biggest falls in unemployment in July with 5,534 fewer people registered as being out of work.

Catwalk debut
A 20-year-old Spanish model will make her catwalk debut during New York Fahsion Week which starts on September.  Marián Ávila will also see her dream come true as she becomes Spain’s first Downs Syndrome model to hit the big time.  She has been hired by designer Talisha White to show off her latest creations at the Central Park Hotel in the city.

Applications delayed
Andalucía has reported serious delays in processing applications for Spanish identity cards and passports.  Saturation levels have been reached at around 100 of the 250 offices nationwide with appointments now running well into October.  The CCOO union criticised the situation which it says happens every summer when staff take holiday, adding that 1,200 vacancies in the offices are adding to the problems.

Lion seized
Agents from the Nature Protection Service  of the Guardia Civil (SEPRONA) have seized a stuffed male African lion which had been offered for sale on the internet for €5,995.  The Barcelona seller said her late father-in-law had shot the animal in Namibia in the 90s before handing it to a taxidermist.  The species is classified as being under serious threat and trade in it is strictly controlled.

Pricey property
Spain’s most expensive house has gone on the market on the sea front of Marbella.  It offers six suites, two guest cottages and 6,663 square metres of land, and could be yours for just €50 million.  The second most expensive home is also in Málaga – a 12-bedroom, 7,000 square metre villa in Mijas with pool, tennis court and a private beach – which is on offer for a more reasonable €35 million.

Hot night
As the heat of summer continues, residents and visitors on the coast will be pleased they do not live in the Extremadura town of Navalvillar de Pela.  The the overnight temperature there in the early hours of Tuesday, August 7, fell to no lower than 35.4 degrees Centigrade.  Spain’s record high daytime temperature of 47.3 degrees, set only last year in Córdoba, could be broken this summer, according to experts.

Moncloa opens
The official residence of the Spanish prime minister is opening its doors to the public this month.  The Moncloa Palace in Madrid is to offer weekly guided tours to its meeting rooms and gardens as part of the government’s drive to make its work more accessible and transparent.  Visits must be booked in advance on the Moncloa website (www.lamoncloa.gob.es) which is available in English.

Local News  - September 2018

Officer assaulted
A 27-year-old man from Torrox has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a local police officer in El Morche.  The incident during the town’s annual fair resulted in the officer being pushed and then kicked in the testicles.  He was attacked as he tried to mediate in a row between a group of local people and a group from Algarrobo.  The suspect is reported to have been drunk and was carrying a gram of cocaine.

Restaurant gutted
A well-known beach restaurant in Torre del Mar was completely gutted by fire last month.  The blaze is thought to have started in a kitchen fryer at the Bere Bere chiringuito on August 9 and spread rapidly throughout the building.  Staff were quickly evacuated as gas bottles began to explode but no-one was injured in the incident.

Local News  - September 2018

Priest suspended
A priest is amongst four people detained by National Police in Málaga for allegedly distributing child pornography via the internet.  The suspects aged between 36 and 48 are said to have been using “peer to peer” software and computers, cameras and other equipment was seized at their homes.  In a statement, the Málaga Diocese said the priest had been suspended as a precautionary measure.

Over subscribed
More than 360 people have applied for three vacancies with the local police in Rincón de la Victoria.  It is the first time the town has advertised jobs in the local force since 2007.  First interviews for the positions, which will raise the establishment to 39, are expected to be held early this month.

Scooter laws
The city of Málaga is being urged to pass a by-law defining the use of electric scooters and bicycles on its streets.  Users say the cyclists object if they use cycle lanes and pedestrians object of they use pavements.  Known as “personal mobility vehicles,” high-end models can travel at up to 50 kph, yet are unregulated.

Nerja trials
First trials of Nerja’s new water purification system are expected to start early in the new year.  The Environment Ministry says work is now 77 per cent complete, and the focus this summer is on completing the pumping station near Burriana beach.  Also outstanding are a number of extra collector points which were added to the original project plan.

Worten theft
National Police in Torre del Mar are investigating an overnight raid on an electrical dealer in the El Ingenio shopping centre.  They say thieves attacked Worten early on the morning of August 15, a public holiday, by breaking a four metre hole in one of the windows.  Numerous electronic products including laptops, tablets and mobile phones were snatched although the total value of the missing goods has not been made public.

Drugs bust
Five members of a criminal gang which brought drugs into the province on pleasure craft have been arrested by the Guardia Civil.  Three were arrested on a boat off Caleta de Vélez after 177 kilos hashish was found on board by investigators.  When the vessel was docked, a further 680 kilos was found hidden under a false floor.

More visitors
Overnight stays at hotels in Andalucía between January and September are expected to be 1.5% up on the same period last year.  The Tourism Ministry expects the increase of 662,000 bookings to produce an average occupation of 58%.  In August alone, it adds, the region’s expected total of 7.34 million overnight reservations will be 3.2% more than in 2017.

Dodgy curry
Sniffer dogs at Málaga airport were not fooled last month by the strong smell of curry inside the suitcase of a Greek national just arrived from Swaziland via Doha.  The 39-year-old believed it would mask the scene given off by the five kilos of high-quality heroin he was trying to import.  Police believed he plan to continue to Barcelona by coach to complete his delivery.

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Comment September 2018

Goodbye hot and sticky August and Hello to the September edition of Soltalk! Have you noticed weird gaps between cars that take you a moment to remember what they are?