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Belgian Arrested in Daya Nueva with Huge Stash of Unlicensed Medicines

A 29-year-old Belgian man has been arrested in Daya Nueva and accused of smuggling and public health offences, after a stash of unlicensed medicines was intercepted over a period of time at Alicante-Elche airport. Twenty-one thousand pills, said to be worth 210,000 euro, had been seized during the Guardia Civil operations, with two men in

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Local Groups Protest in Playa Flamenca against Cala Mosca Development Plans

Up to three hundred people took part in a demonstration at the Playa Flamenca promenade last weekend, against plans to build 1,500 houses at Cala Mosca on the Orihuela Costa. Sunday’s protest was organised by local neighbourhood and political groups, and came on the back of last week’s news (as previously reported by The Courier)

Santiago de la Ribera Carnival Ends on a Colourful Note

Over 50 groups and organisations took part in Sunday’s grand parade, which was the final event of the Santiago de la Ribera carnival. The 29th staging of the event had begun the previous weekend with the crowning of the carnival queen. The usual quota of colourful floats took a route from the Barnuevo esplanade finishing

Man Arrested at Montesinos Toll with Plastic Bags Full of Marijuana

A man, who had a stash of plastic bags full of marijuana in his car, had his journey on the AP-7 brought to a premature end by Guardia Civil officers operating out of Torrevieja. The 35-year-old Spaniard from Alicante City was nicked by the Guardia close to the exit for Los Montesinos, after the drugs

“Without Barriers” Service at San Javier Airport Helps Passengers with Reduced Mobility

Over 14,000 passengers who needed help to board flights at San Javier airport used the special “Without Barriers” service at the facility last year, according to airport operator AENA. The service is provided at all AENA airports, including Alicante-Elche, with two easily identifiable desks at San Javier, which people can report to for help. AENA

Local Natural Areas Hit by Fires Over the Weekend

A fire raged for three hours last Friday afternoon in Fuente Don Juan in the Torremendo area, hitting around 10,000 square metres of hillside. Orihuela local police officers and Valencia forestry brigades joined forces with firefighters to extinguish the blaze, which started in a property, and spread quickly. Nobody was injured in the incident. The

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Naked Crevillente Man Arrested for Threatening to Throw Son off Apartment Balcony

A 39-year-old naked man, who threatened to throw his nine-year-old son off a Crevillente apartment balcony, after a row with his wife, was arrested in the early hours of last Friday morning. Neighbours were awakened by shouting on Calle Virgen del Pilar at around 3.00 am, with local police and Guardia Civil officers arriving to

La Marina Camping Resort Will Start 30,000 m2 Expansion Plans After Summer

After six years of waiting, the La Marina Camping and Resort site has finally been given Valencian Government approval for a major expansion. The size of the complex will go up 30,000 square metres to 100,000 square metres, which will mean the creation of around 200 plots, work on which will start after the summer

Russian Pensioner Detained at Alicante Airport with 100,000 Euro in His Jacket

A 67-year-old Russian man was stopped from flying out to Berlin from Alicante-Elche airport, after was found to have 100,000 euro in his jacket.   The elderly traveller had two hundred 500-euro notes sewn into the inner-lining of his jacket, with the Guardia Civil suspecting that he and the money would have eventually ended up

Saving Cala Mosca – European Parliament Keeps Hopes Alive

From the C.L.A.R.O. Press Office: At a decisive moment when the Developer is determined to get the final green light to build 1,500 new houses on this last kilometre of virgin coastline, the European Parliament Petitions Committee has intervened to safeguard the interests of environment protection. The previous intervention of the European Parliament in 2012,

It’s Paddy’s Day!

The countdown is on for the annual St.Patrick’s Day parade on the Orihuela Costa, based at Cabo Roig. Friday March 17th will see the second-biggest celebratory St. Patrick’s parade in Europe, after Dublin, with around 10 thousand people expected to enjoy the fun and games. The entertainment will start just after noon, with TKO FM

Drug Farms Shut Down

Two indoor marijuana farms have been shut down in separate operations carried out by the National Police in Elche and Orihuela.   277 marijuana plants were found at an Orihuela address with a 49-year-old Spaniard charged with public health offences and illegally using electricity.   The Elche operation uncovered 27 kilos of marijuana ready to

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