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Local Headlines - May 2019

Firearm tragedy

A twelve-year-old girl died in Coín on the Wednesday of Holy Week after being injured by a shotgun pellet fired by her eight-year-old brother.  An investigation opened immediately, and it was reported the youngsters were playing with the weapon in a house rented by a Portuguese family for the holiday week.  The child was shot in the chest and could not be revived by emergency crews.

Drugs suspects

Seven people were detained in Nerja and Torrox early last month during a police operation against drugs trafficking.  At least five homes were raided and quantities of cocaine and hashish seized, along with cash.  More than 30 officers were involved in the early morning operation against a distribution gang whose activities are reported to have been monitored by the Guardia Civil for several months.

Safe bathing

Nerja Town Hall has published the latest analysis of sea water in the municipality from readings taken on April 1.  It says the samples taken at five locations along the coast by teams from the regional government returned readings for harmful bacteria which are “much lower than the maximum allowed.”  The highest readings were found at the beach below the Parador Hotel although these were still well within the acceptable levels.

Fruit thefts

Seven men aged from 19 to 30 have been detained on suspicion of stealing fruit from farms around El Trapiche.  National Police believe they stole 27,800 kilos of avocados and mangos from around 20 sites causing damage estimated at over €6,000.  Investigators said the gang would cut through fencing at night before loading the fruit into a vehicle and later selling it.


Driver dies

A 75-year-old man died early on April 7 when the car he was driving overturned on the eastbound carriageway of the A-7 motorway near Vélez-Málaga.  His only passenger was trapped in the vehicle but remained uninjured.  No other vehicles are reported to have been involved.

Bus crashes

A spectacular road accident in the centre of Málaga last month damaged a dozen parked cars and motorcycles when a local bus mounted the pavement.  The incident in calle Héroe de Sostoa is reported to have been caused by the bus driver suffering a heart attack and losing control of the vehicle.  His 13 passengers were treated for minor injuries and no pedestrian were reported to have been involved.

Local News  - May 2019

Airport arrest

Guardia Civil officers boarded a flight from Lisbon on March 9 after it touched down in Málaga and arrested a female Spanish pensioner.   The captain branded her “the worst passenger ever,” and banned her from flying with TAP ever again.  Passengers on the 60-minute flight said she flew into a drunken rage, refusing to put her hand luggage in the overhead lockers and demanding a mixer for the vodka in her hip flask.

Cleaning hiatus

The future of municipal cleansing in Torrox and Rincón de la Victoria is shrouded in uncertainty.  Both municipalities created joint ventures to provide services but in Torrox the contract expired on April 26, while Rincón’s is due to run out at the end of May.  Both town halls have opted to extend the existing agreements until after the municipal elections on May 26 and leave decisions about the future to the new administrations.

Local News  - May 2019

Porn detention

A Málaga court has ordered 12 months imprisonment for a man found guilty of sharing child pornography in internet chat rooms.  Investigators also found a number of images and videos at his home which included paedophile content.  The court noted that the accused suffers from a mild mental disability which “diminishes his adaptive, cognitive and volitional capacities.”

Slow payers

Vélez-Málaga’s town hall is the fifth slowest in Spain when it comes to paying providers.  The National Federation representing the self-employed says the average payment time by Vélez was 143 days in the first quarter of this year.  The Federation says other slow payers in Andalucía included Jaén on 531 days, followed by Jerez de la Frontera (198), Granada (177) and Algeciras (170).

Local News - May 2019

Blood stains

A man stopped last month by police in Benalmádena who noticed blood stains was found to have had his penis partially amputated.  He was rushed to hospital where doctors found he had used shoelaces and rubber bands to formed a tourniquet and attempted to reattach the organ.  The patient was unable to remember his name or what had happened and is being treated for mental problems.

Road widening

A total of 29 companies have submitted bids to expand the principle access road to the Andalucía Technology Park in Málaga.  The plan is to expand the A-7056 to three lanes in each direction, with one restricted to buses and other vehicles of high occupation.  The Development Ministry has allocated the project a budget of over €2.6 million plus IVA and the work is expected to take 14 months to complete.

Development complete

Vélez-Málaga’s bus station is now at the site of the town’s old railway station.  A three-year redevelopment programme was completed at last month at a cost of almost €250,000 funded by the provincial government.  The old station building has been converted in a waiting room and other facilities with a café expected to open in the near future.

Nerja health

Nerja is to develop a Local Health Plan to develop prevention, protection and promotion of health in the municipality. The aim is for the town to be aware of its health status and identify risk factors.  Numerous local groups and associations will contribute to tackling the 50% of illnesses, death and disability which are not resolved in health centres or by medication.

Local upgrades

At its final meeting before this month’s local elections, Málaga’s Provincial Government, the Diputación, approved 13 local projects in municipalities of fewer than 20,00 in habitants..  These include a new electrical transformer in Canillas de Albaida, the resurfacing of Príncipe de Asturias in Frigiliana and the widening of calle Málaga in Iznate.  The total budget set aside is €657,000.

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