A Manchester man, who spent nine years walking 34,000 kilometres across 21 Latin American countries dropped in on Torrevieja last Friday as part of his latest adventure to promote the need to maintain the planet’s environment and to fight against pollution.

Martin Hutchinson, a 55-year-old former firefighter, is now cycling to Australia via every European country, the Middle East and India. He says his travels have revealed destruction to natural habitats and he has seen lakes and rivers that have dried up.

He said: “The point of it is to get people to slow down in life. I have a very small backpack and just take what I need. People are missing the point of being on this wonderful planet and are just destroying it.”

Martin was welcomed by Torrevieja’s environment councillor Fanny Serrano, before he got on his bike again, heading south towards Malaga.

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