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Holiday fraudsters convicted

Four members of the same British family have been jailed and fined by a court in Liverpool after submitting a fake food poisoning claim following their holiday in Benidorm during July 2015.

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Local Headlines - December 2018

Massive blockage

rock fallThe N-340 coast road between Nerja and Torrox was closed on November 20 after a massive boulder, estimated to weigh over five tons, fell from the cliffs and landed in the middle of the carriageway.  No-one was injured after the giant rock, believed to have been loosened by heavy rain, crashed through a protective fence in the area of Calaceite beach.  It was broken up by a hammer drill, producing 25 square metres of debris, while the cliffs above were inspected for other potentially dangers.

Flooding death

A 60-year-old woman died in Vélez-Málaga at the end of October after being swept away by flood water.  She was attempting to cross the Rio Seco, swollen by exceptionally heavy rain, when she slipped and fell in.  A search by police and civil protection volunteers recovered her battered body two kilometres away.

 

M&S Málaga

Top British retailer Marks & Spencer has announced the opening of a new outlet in the city of Málaga before the end of the year.  It is to be on the site of a former shoe shop in the city centre at calle Nueva, 36.  M&S presently has two shops on the peninsula: one at the La Cañada Centre in Marbella and the other in Gibraltar.

Local News  - December 2018

Suicide prevented

Security guards wrestled a 16-year-old girl to the ground last month to stop her committing suicide.  Moments earlier, her British friend, 14-year-old Richard Fitzsimons, died after throwing himself from the roof of El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús.  Both were pupils at Aloha College in Marbella and had earlier messaged friends to say they were on their way to the department store to end their lives.

Local News  - December 2018

Vélez fire

Fire has completely gutted a bar in Vélez-Málaga.  No-one was injured although one person was evacuated from an apartment above the premises as a precaution.  Investigators are linking the incident in calle San Francisco to vandalism which saw several rubbish containers set in fire in the town centre during the previous week.

Wrongly jailed

A Málaga man is claiming €218,000 compensation after he was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of being a drugs dealer.  Tomás Martínez spent 345 days in jail after being detained while fishing on a beach in Marbella in February 2010 when police staged a raid on an incoming boat laden with drugs.  After his release on bail, it was five years more before his case came to court and his innocence was proved.

Road resurfacing

Work began last month on resurfacing the road between Torrox and Frigiliana.  The provincial government has paid Torrox Town Hall €340,000 to improve six kilometres of the link which serves many outlying homes and farms.  The remainder of the ten-kilometre road was resurfaced by Frigiliana Town Hall some years ago, and maintenance of its entire length is now the responsibility of the province.

Ryanair row

Ryanair has sacked six cabin crew members after a photograph of them sleeping in the floor at Málaga airport was circulated.  Their flights were disrupted on October 13 by Hurricane Leslie but the airline says the picture was staged.  Unions, who are appealing against the firings, claim 16 cabin crew and eight pilots were forced to spend 13 hours in a crew room before flying to Oporto next day without accommodation, sandwiches or refreshments.

Fruit thefts

National Police have arrested a 32-year-old man accused of stealing more than 9,000 kilos of fruit from 13 farms around Almayate.  Since 2014, he is thought to have committed 32 thefts, mainly of avocados, with a value of almost €27,000.  His victims say he has left damaged fruit trees and infrastructure in his wake.

Gang arrested

Guardia Civil officers in Nerja have detained four members of a Romanian gang believed to be responsible for at least 18 robberies from countryside homes in Nerja. Frigiliana and Torrox.  The suspects used public transport to get about and waited until night before breaking into properties.  They stole only small items of value which they could carry plus basic necessities such as food and toilet utensils.

Local News - December 2018

Cleansing dispute

Workers for the municipal cleansing company in Torrox have held a series of demonstrations in the town.  Employees of Livitemsa are angered that their collective employment agreement expired in 2015 and that a new one is being blocked.  They are demanding a pay increase of 6% and two days off each week.

Drubs bust

National Police in Vélez-Málaga have arrested a man and woman in their 20s after the discovery of four marihuana cultivations.  Information led officers to two houses in Pueblo Nuevo de la Axarquía where a strong smell was noticed coming from two extractors.  Almost 400 plants were seized while the couple also face a charge of connecting illegally to the public power supply.

Circus slammed

An animal protection group has accused the touring Roma Dola Circus of keeping animals in “devastating” conditions.  The Granada Federation of Animal Protection Associations said the creatures were suffering from physical, mental and health abuses.  In September, Granada declared the province to be “free of animal abuse” but only four regions nationwide (Cataluñya, the Balearic Islands, Galicia and Murcia) operate an outright ban on animal circuses.

Mast removal

Orange telecoms last month agreed to take down a mobile telephone mast between Torrox Costa and El Morche.  Local residents had complained for ten years about the presence of the transmitter and the company was ordered to dismantle it a year ago.  It was not until mayor Óscar Medina gave them a deadline of November 19 that action was taken.

Mayor dies

The body of the mayor of El Borge was found at his family farm in early November.  Salvador Fernández Marín, aged 48, is believed to have taken his own life, although he is reported to have been working normally at the town hall until the day of his death.  He leaves a widow and a son.

Sanitation fine

Nerja has been named amongst 17 Spanish municipalities which violate EU sanitation requirements.  As a result, Madrid will be fined €22 million a year, according to Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán.  Construction of Nerja’s new sewage treatment plant is well advanced and is expected to enter a trial phase in the New Year.

Resits cancelled

Students in Málaga, Granada and Almería were facing having to resit exams after a bundle of their answer papers went astray.  After the English language exam on October 13, a package of 404 papers disappeared en route to Cambridge English Assessment headquarters after delivery firm Mail Boxes ETC mislaid them.  But in mid-November, the bundle turned up intact in Sweden, which means students will not have to repeat the tests.

Cuts rejected

Councillors in both Nerja and Vélez-Málaga have rejected proposals to lower the IBI property tax in 2019.  In each municipality, the suggestion was launched by the local Partido Popular groups which are working in opposition to the current socialist administrations.  The governing groups said that lowering the local tax would make it “impractical” to maintain minimum services.

School expansion

Planning is underway to expand the Enrique Ginés school in Frigiliana which presently has a capacity of 300 pupils.  However, population growth in the area suggests that it will soon have to cater for 400 children.  Representatives from the town hall met the regional education department last month to discuss the provision of new classrooms.

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December 2018

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Local News  - December 2018

Driving offences

Illegal use of mobile phones has exceeded excess alcohol or drugs in the number of driving offences recorded in Málaga, while speeding remains in first place.  Between January and August this year, 10,268 drivers of the 19,000 sanctioned in the province were fined for speeding, followed by 3,334 for using a phone which is not hands-free.  Tráfico wants it to be made mandatory for drivers to switch their phones into airplane mode before driving.

Contraband gang

Tax authorities in Granada, working with customs officials in Croatia, have broken up an international gang importing and distributing contraband tobacco.  Three people have been detained and four tons of tobacco destined for Spain seized.  Officers found raw tobacco was being stored in an industrial until at Chauchina, west of the capital, until it could be used to produce consumable products for sale.

Local News  - December 2018

Courts strike

Almost 500 trials were suspended in Málaga last month as the province’s judges and prosecutors took part in a nationwide one-day strike.  The stoppage, in support of more resources and greater independence, was reported to have attracted a “massive” response across the country.  Their representatives are also calling for better pay, an increase in the establishment and improved working conditions.

5G arrives

The first international video call using new 5G telecoms technology was made between Málaga and London last month.  Telefónica worked with handset manufacturer Huawei to make the historic link.  The 5G protocol, which is presently in a testing phase, allows data transfer of at least ten gigabytes per second, which is ten times faster than the present 4G technology.

Supplies ensured

Intense and prolonged rainfall during November has brought water levels in the province’s reservoirs up to an average 70% capacity, ensuring supplies for the next four years.  A year ago, drought threatened as the reservoirs were barely 30% full.  Viñuela in the Axarquía is now at around 40% capacity, almost double its level 12 months ago.

Rainbow reward

A severe electrical storm along the coast on the afternoon November 20 saw over 800 lightning strikes on the province of Málaga.  Two buildings were hit in the capital, plus two in Marbella where fire broke out after one strike fractured a gas pipe.  However, as the bad weather passed, the reward came in the form of a stunning double rainbow.