Tourist Spotlight

15 councils across the Vega Baja, with the notable exception of Orihuela, took part in the inaugural Tourism Fair at Almoradi’s Plaza de la Constitucion at the weekend. Besides representatives of the various authorities and Almoradi mayor, Jaime Pérez, the event was also attended by Raquel Heute, director-general of the Valencia Tourist Board, and Ángel Murcia, head of Valencia’s

Slow Mover

A male leopard tortoise weighing 40 kilos is being looked after by an animal welfare group, after it was found trudging around the streets of Bigastro. A driver spotted it on a road and called the Guardia Civil, who said that the tortoise was in good health but it was not micro-chipped, which meant that they

Revitalised Ring

Orihuela’s derelict bull ring is set to be converted into a multi-purpose entertainment venue catering for up to 2,800 people. Orihuela mayor Emilio Bascuñana said the 400 thousand euro project would preserve the historical aspects of the arena, which will feature an exhibition hall, a playground, as well as catering and toilet facilities. If tendering for

Homeward Bound

A British man wanted on charges of sexually abusing children in the UK has been picked up by the National Police on a European Arrest warrant in Alicante Province. The location of the arrest and the man’s identity were not revealed by the National Police, with authorities saying that he was wanted by a court in Newcastle upon

Gang Of Shame

A Nigerian-run prostitution ring has been broken up by the National Police who arrested 24 people as well as freeing 21 of the gang’s victims, including a 16-year-old. The arrests were carried out in with the 21 women being forced to work in Madrid and Castellon in the northern part of the Valencia region during

First Flight

Budget UK air carrier Jet2.com has used San Javier airport as its first destination for the first official flight of its brand new fleet of next-generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The company have ordered 30 new planes which have 189 seats with more legroom, as well having more energy-efficient engines. The maiden operational flight of the new plane came in from

Burger Buster

Crevillente has got itself into the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time in a year with another burger-related achievement to add to last year’s 464 kilo world-beating hamburger. Sunday saw the longest line of hamburgers ever on the Paseo de la Rambla, which was officially verified at 745 metres, easily smashing the previous mark

Neighbourly Dispute

A 38-year old man who locked up a neighbour in an Alicante apartment block and then set fire to it, has been arrested by the National Police. The incident happened on September 15th when firefighters were called to fire and discovered a man had been locked up in a room, who they rescued before the

Just An Exercise

Helicopters and rescue vehicles were out in force yesterday (Thursday) as part of an emergency exercise in the Vega Baja looking at how the authorities would deal with flooding caused by the River Segura bursting its banks. 500 people were involved in the simulation at the La Pedrera marshes in the wake of a possible

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