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Blow to Remainers in UK court

The decision of the UK’s High Court to reject a request to declare the result of Britain’s 2016 Brexit referendum null and void is likely to be the subject of an appeal.


Local Headlines - January 2019

Nerja poll

In Nerja, voting closed just before Christmas to select three projects which will benefit the municipality in 2019.  Everyone over 16 who has registered with the town hall was eligible to take part in selecting from 36 suggestions which have been put forward.  Full details of the selection process can be viewed at

Caves cuts

The entrance charge at Nerja’s famous caves complex has been reduced by €2 in off-peak months for a wide range of visitors.  From January to April, excluding Easter week, and in November and December, over-65s, children, large families and the disabled can take advantage of the deal.  The Caves Foundation says the move is aimed at increasing off-peak and on-line sales.

Unwelcome visitor

A wild boar was captured in Torrox Pueblo last month, after running riot through the town for two hours. The three-year-old male was tranquillised with a dart before being transported back to a remote part of the campo. Residents and businesses in other towns including Rincón de la Victoria have complained about boars entering urban areas and causing damage.

Cold wait

The owner of a car which came off the old access road to the Sierra Nevada and fell 20 metres remained trapped in his vehicle for 15 hours. The 78-year-old German resident of Nerja was discovered after a freezing night and finally rescued by fire crews.  The man was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia, as well as circulation problems in his legs caused by a lack of movement.

Nerja blaze

Crews from Vélez-Málaga joined local firefighters to tackle a blaze at a property on the N-340 in Nerja last month.  The private home at the entrance to the Oasis de Capistrano has been the subject of complaints from neighbours regarding the amount of rubbish stacked outside.  One member of the emergency services received a leg injury during the six-hour operation.


Moving experiences

A number of earth tremors were felt in Nerja, Torrox and Vélez-Málaga in mid-December. The National Geographical Institute says they all occurred out to sea with magnitudes of between 2.5 and 3.5. The movements were detected at depths of between three and ten kilometres.

Water complaint

A former mayor of Vélez-Málaga has called for an improvement in the quality of the municipality’s drinking water.  Antonio Souviron has claimed residents are paying “the price of Coca Cola” for their supplies.  He says many households have suffered damage to electrical appliances because of the accumulation of sediments in the water.

Local News  - January 2019

Building death

A 34-year-old man died last month after falling from the third floor on an apartment block in Torre del Mar.  He was reported to be a member of a team refurbishing the property and was moving marble slabs with a forklift truck when the accident occurred.  The police and the works inspector both immediately opened enquiries into the incident.

Fatal breakdown

A 59-year-old woman died and two others were seriously injured after their car broke down on the eastbound A-92 in Granada.  As they waited on the hard shoulder for a recovery truck to arrive, their stationary car was hit from behind by another vehicle.  The driver of the second car received only light injuries and tested negative for alcohol and drugs.

Local News  - January 2019

Briton saved

Two local police officers have been praised for saving the life of an 81-year-old British man who suffered a heart attack in Torrox.  They arrived at the scene two minutes after the emergency was called in and found the victim with no pulse evident.  However, they applied resuscitation procedures and were able to restart his heart before the victim was taken to the ICU unit at Vélez hospital.

Replicas seized

Police in Rincón de la Victoria have seized five replica assault rifles from a group said to be “playing” guerrilla tactics.  Officers intervened after residents in Torre de Benagalbón reported the presence of a dozen uniformed people in military attire and carrying weapons.  Investigators said the “Air Soft” replicas had the same characteristics as the genuine rifles.

Teacher jailed

A teacher found guilty of abusing five pupils aged 10 and 11 at a Torre del Mar school has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars.  He was also banned from coming within 500 metres of his victims and from communicating with them for ten years.  The parents of one child rejected compensation of €10,000 which he was ordered to pay each victim, arguing that his employer, the regional government, has a case to answer.

Late decorations

The centre of Nerja was left without festive decorations until mid-December after an invitation to tender for erecting them produced no response.  The town hall said the closing date of November 24 passed without result so a Córdoba company was invited to take on the job for a fee understood to be €50,240.  Some 22 streets and squares were subsequently adorned just in time for the formal launch.

Sailors remembered

A plaque was unveiled in La Cala del Moral last month on the 82nd anniversary of the sinking of a Republican submarine by German forces, believed to be the first action by the Nazis against Spanish rebels during the Civil War in 1936.  The 37 sailors on board who perished came mostly from Cartagena.  The remains of the C3 submarine, discovered in 1996, lie at a depth of 68 metres about seven miles south-east of Málaga’s lighthouse.

Local News - January 2019

Garage attack

National Police have been searching for a masked thief who made off with the contents of the till in a raid in Torre del Mar last month.  The early morning attack on a service station on the eastbound N-340 saw the cashier threatened before all the cash was snatched.  Reports say no weapon was used before the suspect escaped on foot.

Drugs detention

A boat spotted three miles of Almuñécar last month was found to be carrying numerous packages of hashish.  The crew of three Moroccans began dumping the bales, but one suspect fell into the sea and managed to reach Calaiza beach in La Herradura where he was detained by police after a spectacular chase.  The other two also ran ashore as their launch grounded but escaped immediate arrest.

Bendy buses

The city of Málaga has introduced ten new “megabuses” which can each carry more than 150 passengers.  They are operating on cross-city Routes 3 and 11 which between them move almost six million passengers a year,  The 18.75 metre long articulated vehicles are part of a €4 million investment in the renovation and modernisation of the city’s public transport system.

Footpath vote

Residents of Rincón de la Victoria had until December 23 to register their views on proposed designs for a new coastal footpath in Torre de Benalgabón.  The 3.6 kilometre walkway will include a cycle lane and is to be constructed with a view to durability and its ecological impact.  Alongside the voting, there were 15 meetings with interest groups and 25,000 hits on the footpath’s website.

Important road

A group promoting the importance of the A-402 road between the Axarquía and Alhama de Granada has called for help from the Junta de Andalucía.  The mayors of Vélez-Málaga, La Viñuela, Alcaucin and Periana, along with those from Alhama and El Temple in Granada, want improvements to the link through the Zafarraya Pass.   They say it is of “huge importance” to the economic development of the fruit and vegetable sector of the Axarquía.

Upgrade project

The provincial government is talking to residents who live along the MA-4111 Vélez-Málaga to Arenas road about an upgrade project.  The seven kilometre road is very narrow in parts with dangerous curves, and the planned project aims to rectify these hazards.  The proposed work does not have any environmental impact and is expected to progress fairly quickly.

Nurse praised

A trainee nurse has saved the life of a choking youngster on the Granada metro.  Eighteen-year-old María López Sánchez, a first year student, heard the mother’s anguished cries for help after her nine-year-son began choking on a sweet.  María had recently been taught the Heimlich Manoeuvre and successfully put it into practice on the child who was clutching his throat and had turned purple.

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