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

PM calls early election

Spain goes to the polls on Sunday, April 28, in a snap general election called by socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez last month.

Lower speed limits in town centres

Plans are afoot for a shakeup of speed limits in town centres. The department responsible for implementing road policies, Tráfico, has recommended that the maximum in some areas should fall to 20 kph, and this is likely to be enshrined in law soon.

Power problem lingers in Alcaucín

Residents of the apartment block Arco Iris in Puente de Don Manuel, in the municipality of Alcaucín, have been protesting again following 12 years during which they have not had legal electricity meters.

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Local Headlines - March 2019

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Romanes suspect

The prosecutor has called for a 25-year custodial sentence for the man suspected of stabbing his partner to death in Los Romanes, near La Viñuela, in February. The woman was found with extensive injuries to abdomen, back, thorax, extremities and face. The suspect was detained in Marbella the following day and is being held in prison.

Motor homes

The presence of dozens of motor homes in areas of Nerja is causing a headache for the town.  Local businesses claim that their owners contribute little to the local economy, while barriers, limiting the size of vehicles accessing a large parking area on El Playazo beach, have disappeared.  The town hall says local police are monitoring the situation and telling those parked illegally to move on.

Hotel restyling

The owners of the Marinas de Nerja Hotel have announced a major “restyling” of the building from November. The Catalan group Ona Hotels considers their Nerja property as one of the most emblematic on the Costa del Sol and says the upgrade will “adapt it to the standards of the chain.” The hotel has 216 bedrooms, two outdoor pools. large gardens with direct beach access, a main restaurant, bar, gym, spa centre, hair salon and shop.

Flu epidemic

The number of victims of influenza in the province of Málaga is believed to have peaked in mid-February.  Health sources at the regional government say this winter’s flu outbreak reached “epidemic” proportions.  Doctors have reminded patients that the virus cannot be treated with antibiotics and that anyone infected should not attend work or school to stop it spreading.

 

Pedestrianising the Plaza

Councillors in Vélez-Málaga were last month expected to approve the project to pedestrianise Plaza de las Carmelitas which has a budget of €800,000.  Mayor Antonio Moreno Ferrer said the town centre area would become “a model of a modern and sustainable city designed for people,” and would revive the local economy.  He added the work would be carried out so as not to clash with traditional Easter events during March.

Heroine Reina

A Belgian shepherd dog called Reina is a heroine after finding a 62-year-old Finnish woman lost in countryside near Frigiliana last month.  Her husband provided an item of her clothing and Reina, plus her owner, a local police officer, set off and traced the disoriented hiker 90 minutes later as daylight was fading.  The officer reported the woman was slightly dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise fit and well.

Local News  - March 2019

Attempted murder

A 44-year-old man is being held in Málaga on suspicion of unsuccessfully attempting to asphyxiate his former wife with a blanket.  The couple’s son was also arrested following the incident in late January for doing nothing to stop the attack at the victim’s home.  The father and son are also alleged to have stolen €1,000, credit cards and mobile phones before abandoning her.

Restaurant fire

A man and woman in their 40s were treated at Alcaucín’s health centre after fire broke out at a restaurant in Puente don Manuel last month.  The blaze is understood to have started in a rotisserie one Saturday morning.  Emregency services were able to restrict damage to the lower floor of the building in calle Buenavista.

Local News  - March 2019

Nerja ignored

A former Nerja mayor says central government’s budget has ignored Nerja.  José Alberto Armijo of the Partido Popular said the socialist administration has not included plans for the completion of the water treatment plant, the development of El Playazo beach, the Paseo de Carabineros beach path, or the new Guardia Civil base.  He blamed the tripartite administration in Madrid for “keeping the town paralysed.”

Doorman accused

A doorman at a Málaga nightclub has denied accusations of biting a client’s ear.  Local police in the city say the 23-year-old victim came to them following the alleged incident and officers detained the suspected perpetrator.  The club owner supports the version of his employee who says he was ejecting the man and two friends for “causing uproar” when the alleged attack took place.

Local News - March 2019

Fishing row

A row between the fishing fleet at Caleta de Vélez and local wholesalers continued through February after the fishing crews discontinued a 5% discount to purchasers of ten boxes of their catches.  The wholesalers say the “unilateral action” is “scaring away the big spenders” while other fleets, including those in Marbella, Fuengirola and Estepona, have maintained the discount.  Buyers are reportedly boycotting Caleta, forcing the fleet to look for sales elsewhere.

Arson attack

A man and woman in their 40s have been detained in Málaga on suspicion of setting fire to an abandoned car in which a homeless man was sleeping.  The victim suffered serious injuries to his legs and abdomen.  The incident took place in the Llano de Doña Trinidad area at a site where people are known to go to take drugs.

Drugs raids

Guardia Civil officers have arrested 29 people in Málaga and Cádiz for suspected involvement in a huge drugs trafficking operation.  Most of the detentions were recorded after land, sea and air raids on La Linea de la Concepción, close to the border with Gibraltar.  Police allege that the gang was controlling 70% of the hashish brought into Spain from Morocco.

Another breakwater

Central government has invited tenders for the construction of a second breakwater in Torrox.  The construction is intended to give extra protection to Ferrara beach which has suffered from loss of sand in severe weather.  The 11-month project has a budget of €30,578.

Gruesome find

An elderly couple who moved into a new apartment in Fuengirola last month made a gruesome discovery when they opened a suitcase found in a store room.  It was full of bones wrapped in newspaper.  Police say the bones are probably human from different bodies and may have been forgotten by a student who rented the property in the past.

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