The new Local Police car for Jacarilla

Two women were injured when an elevator in a building they were travelling in failed and collapsed inside a building. The incident, which happened around 18:30 on Wednesday, was in a building located in the Plaza de Calvo Sotelo of Alicante. The women had entered the lift on the seventh floor, which then plummeted to the ground for no reason, falling one floor until the automatic safety brakes stopped it falling further. The two women were rescued by emergency services and taken by ambulance to the General Hospital of Alicante.

A woman who was arrested in Alicante during the attempt to stop an eviction has agreed to two years in prison for a crime of assault, committed against police officers, who pushed through Stop Evictions protesters who blocked access to a property, whereas another young man who was also arrested for the same offence has accepted a sentence of eight months, but the custodial sentences have been suspended as they are under two years. In addition, the husband of the arrested woman also accepted an eight month sentence for the same offence, despite not being arrested for the incident; he volunteered himself to the judge at the time of sentencing his wife.

Two military canoeists, a man and a woman, who went missing on Monday as they sailed aboard a canoe on the Mar Menor, have been rescued by the Albufera patrol boat, showing symptoms of hypothermia, according to the Emergency Coordination Centre. Four team members left in two canoes, but only one boat return to the shore. The alarm was raised at around 17:30 and a helicopter and rescue ship launched. The two were located by the rescue ship, thought to have been caught in strong waves, and were returned to the shore and attended by emergency crews before being taken to hospital.

The council of Almoradí are in something of a unique position, as they closed their 2012 financial year with a surplus of funds, amounting to 2,806,000 euro. The Mayor, Antonio Ángel Hurtado of the PP, has attributed the results to the management and control of spending undertaken in recent years, restoring the municipality to solvency. As a result, the council team are now looking to spend the money by investing in new projects and creating jobs for the residents of the municipality.

Jacarilla council has purchased an electric vehicle for use by the Local Police. The Comarth car has a maximum speed of around 50 kilometres per hour and is part of the council´s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. The vehicle will also reduce the fuel bill for the two years it will be amortized.

The Guardia Civil have arrested a 23 year old male in Pilar de la Horadada, of Moroccan origin, as the alleged perpetrator of a crime of murder, after a 33 year old Moroccan was stabbed during an incident on the 13th of April in the Embajadora area. An investigation is being carried out but it is believed that the two men were involved in a fight, which resulted in the stabbing and subsequent death of the victim. Both men were originally neighbours and friends, the victim sharing his house with four other people, all of North African origin, the alleged perpetrator sharing his home with a Spanish national.

Officers of the National Police, in collaboration with the Provincial Brigades from Albacete and Murcia, have arrested three people, two Spaniards and a Moroccan, in Hellín and Jumilla, charged with offences relating to the crime of trafficking of explosive materials. Officers discovered a hideout in an open area of the town of Hellín, where they found various detonators and cables, as well as “explosive mixtures”. A total of five houses were also searched, in which they found the Moroccan man who had an arrest warrant pending which prohibited his entry into Spain.

The council of Callosa de Segura has announced the launch of this year’s “Youth Awards”, which aims to reward young people under 30 who have excelled in four main categories, business and employment initiatives, intercultural communication, volunteering and equality, with a 3,000 euro prize for those successful in each section. Applications for grants are now open and can be submitted through the town hall, with a closing date of the 12th of June.

The manager of the El Olivo second hand market in Catral has announced yesterday that he will take criminal action against the Mayor, Pedro Zaplana, for an offence of alleged malfeasance, by signing the decree that saw the closure of the unlicensed market. Guardia Civil and Local Police officers prevented traffic and pedestrians from accessing the market last weekend, effectively forcing the closure of the facility, as the site does not have the specific requirements under the general plan for holding a market of this type. The Guardia Civil were also checking the documents held by the traders to ensure they were properly registered as self employed market traders.

The PSOE in Pilar de la Horadada has joined with Caritas to launch a campaign to collect food for the hungry and needy in the town. The offices of the group will be open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to enable food to be dropped off, which will then be handed directly to those in need. In particular, non-perishable items are asked for, with long sell-by dates, so as to ensure the longest life prior to distribution and with minimal waste.

The association of residents of El Oasis in San Fulgencio has reached an agreement with the council in which they have agreed to pay in instalments for the redevelopment of paving and lighting. The council is currently developing the project specification, so that once awarded, the works should commence after summer. The government team has agreed with residents that they bear a maximum of 1.75 million euro, as well as through special contributions, after the rehabilitation work was stopped three years ago, but the new government has revived the project, divided into three phases, to reduce the costs the owners have to pay.

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