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Local Headlines - January 2020

Defibrillators ordered

Vélez-Málaga has contracted the supply and maintenance of 60 defibrillators to be installed around the municipality at a cost of €170,000.   The work includes raising public awareness of the devices and organising teaching sessions.  In 2017, Vélez-Málaga became the first town in Spain to install defibrillators in over 20 of its schools and nurseries.

New library

Nerja’s new municipal library is to be in calle Iglesias, at the side of El Salvador Church off the Balcón de Europa, on a site presently used by the town’s cleaning service.  The town hall says the area of more than 800 square metres conforms to regional regulations and will provide three times the space of the present library.  The Nerja Caves Foundation is to be involved in financing the acquisition of the plot.

Lighthouse plan

The lighthouse in Torrox may soon be partly open to the public.   Meetings have been held between local councillors and the Málaga Ports Authority to discuss the proposal.  However, it has already been decided that the upper levels will remain closed for security reasons.

Pool repairs

Nerja Town Hall has awarded a €196,000 contract for repairs to the town’s indoor swimming pool.  The work, expected to start this month, has gone to Modo Castle S.L. and is expected to take 45 days to complete.  The facility at the Ciudad Deportiva Enrique López Cuenca opened in May 2007 but was closed in April 2018 when leaks from the roof caused hazards for users.

Graffiti probe

Nerja Town Hall says it is investigating graffiti which appeared in the town at the end of November.  “Franco Vive”  (Franco Lives) was sprayed in red at a dozen sites on the 44th anniversary of the dictator’s death, and immediate steps were taken to clear the vandalism.  The incident came shortly after Franco’s remains were removed from the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen) and reinterred at a cemetery near Madrid.

Murder sentence

The man found guilty of a murdering a 44-year-old woman at her home in Los Romanes (Soltalk last month) has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.  He was also ordered to pay €175,400 in compensation to the woman’s son.  The victim was stabbed more than 100 times during the attack in February 2018.

 

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Attempted murder

A 47-year-old Ecuadorian woman was detained in Rincón de la Victoria in December accused of the attempted murder of her husband.  She is suspected of striking him on the head which caused a haemorrhage leading to cardiac arrest.  The ambulance crew who took him to hospital on November 27 were told he had committed suicide, but as he recovered, he claimed to police had had been attacked.

Third attack

The offices at the Nerja Caves in Maro have been broken into for the third time this year, but on this occasion, no valuable were stolen.  The latest incident at the end of November follows the first last January when box-office takings of up to €50,000 in cash was stolen, and a second in July when a further €30,000 was taken.  The Foundation which manages the Caves says additional security measures now in place prevented a third theft.  

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Lost control

Two people were injured in a late-night traffic accident in Vélez-Málaga last month.  A driver is reported to have lost control of his vehicle in calle Camino Viejo and collided with five parked cars. Two of the four passengers in his own car were slightly injured while the driver himself tested negative for alcohol.

Farmers protest

Around 400 farmers and growers from across Andalucía staged a two-hour protest outside the Málaga base of Lidl last month.  They say that they are being forced to sell produce to the supermarket group at a loss as a result of “speculation” in the distribution chains.  The demonstration coincided with similar action in Barcelona and followed previous protests about the alleged “fraudulent” and uncontrolled importation of produce.

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Congrats Boris

Acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez sent a Tweet to British PM Boris Johnson the day after his victory in last month’s UK General Election.  Sr Sánchez said he wanted the EU-UK relationship to remain, “as close as possible.”  The British Chamber of Commerce in Spain says Mr Johnson’s new government will build a “close” trade relationship after the UK invested €3.1 billion in Spain in the first half of this year.

Life sentence

The man found guilty of murdering an 18-year-old Madrid teenager has been sentenced to a permanent renewable prison term, equivalent to a life sentence.  Diana Quer went missing while on holiday in Galicia in August 2016.  A court in A Coruña also ordered José Enrique Abuín Gey, nicknamed El Chicle, to pay the victim’s family a total of €300,000 compensation after finding him guilty of murder, sexual assault and abduction.

Narco sub

A submarine intercepted off Galicia at the end of November has been found to have been carrying 3,000 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of €100 million.  The 20-metre semi-submersible was tracked on a 7,690 kilometre journey across the Atlantic from Colombia and two Ecuador nationals were arrested as it was towed into Aldán port by Guardia Civil vessels.  A Spanish national who escaped was later detained.

Hotel takeovers

European tour operator TUI says it is taking over 135 hotels previously owned by Thomas Cook following the travel company’s collapse.  Amongst these are 22 hotels on the Canary Islands and six new hotels on the Balearics, plus others in Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Mexico.  The Thomas Cook name has been purchased by a Chinese company which owned a major stake in the failed operator.

Coach theft

A 27-year-old British man was detained in Benidorm last month after stealing a coach and driving it at high speed through the resort.  As well as the coach, around 30 mopeds and cars, including a police van, were damaged during the two kilometre late-night rampage.  He was detained and has been charged with several offences which could result in a seven-year jail term.

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