Orihuela´s Scrap

The Department of Infrastructure, Maintenance Services of Orihuela has made a small fortune this week, by tidying up the municipal cleaning storage and adding other junk found whilst cleaning up Rubalcava during the rains before Easter, and selling the 3,540 kilos of surplus product and tools, accumulated over the past few years and now unusable, for scrap. Given the weight of the items scavenged, the technicians of the department estimated that the town hall may be about 1,000 euro better off, not bad for useless scrap just lay around, which will go towards paying off the municipal debt.

Leading Partido Popular politician, David Costa, often tipped in the past to have been Mónica Lorente´s replacement as a future mayor, has stepped down after 10 years as president of the new generation of PP members, the Nuevas Generaciones del Partido Popular de Orihuela, making way for 23 year old Antonio Sánchez, a civil engineering student, who Costa has described as “passionate about politics and passionate about Orihuela”. During the handover ceremony held on Tuesday at the headquarters of the PP, Costa advised his successor to be “aware of their new responsibilities as President in the most important political formation of the moment”, whilst also emphasising the strength behind the new and fresher team.

Orihuela Local police arrested a 45 year old man, said to be of Russian nationality, who was found to have been driving in the Aquamarina area of the Orihuela Costa, despite providing a positive result for alcohol which was four times the permitted limit. The officers observed the vehicle driving erratically and proceeded to stop the driver, who then performed a breath test which gave a result of 1.05 mlg / l, while the legal limit is 0 25 mlg / l. He was therefore arrested and summoned to appear before a judge for a crime against road safety.

Officers from the Orihuela Local Police arrested two women, aged 23 and 64, in a supermarket in Alameda del Mar this week accused of stealing 19 personal care products, with a total value of 68.67 euro. The officers received the call of the store´s security staff, who claimed to have detained two women who had been the authors of the theft and that he had escaped. They were apprehended, arrested and taken to the Guardia Civil barracks in Pilar de la Horadada.

Historic Orihuela cyclist Bernardo Ruiz, now 89 years of age, met with the Mayor of the municipality, Monserrate Guillén, and the councillor for sports, Luis Galiano, to announce that he has received an invitation from the organisers of the Tour de France, which this year celebrates its centenary, to attend a ceremony in Paris recognising the achievements of cyclists thorough the history of the race. Ruiz participated in eight races, finishing seven of them, and came third in 1952. He was also the first Spanish rider to win the Giro d’Italia stage, and was champion of Spain for five years.

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