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WEEKLY DIGEST – 4 AUGUST 2014

WEEKLY DIGEST - 4 AUGUST 2014

PRISON FOR PRANKSTER

A French teenager who videoed himself driving his car from the passenger seat along a Spanish motorway has been given a prison sentence. Eric P was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years on condition that he doesn´t reoffend, and was banned from driving for 12 months. The lenient sentence was said to be on account of his immediate acceptance of wrongdoing and voluntarily surrendering to the police.

INFERNO INVESTIGATION

Official sources of the National Police of Alicante have confirmed that the most likely hypothesis being investigated into the death of an Icelandic tourist at Terra Mitica, is a broken seatbelt. However, they are also including the speed of the Inferno roller coaster at the time of him falling from his seat, as well as the weight of the rider as contributing factors.

75,000 ATTEND FESTIVAL

The mayor of Benidorm , Agustín Navarro, has described as “a great success” the sixth edition of the Low Music Festival which was held in the city, attracting over 75,000 young people over the 3 day festival weekend.

LOS MONTESINOS BODY

Police are investigating the discovery of the body of a 59 year old man found last week inside a house in San Juan. A spokesman said that everything seems to indicate that there are no unusual circumstances and the death was due to natural causes.

HABANERAS ROAD DEATH

A 63 year old woman was killed on Saturday evening after being hit by a passenger car on la avenida de Rosa Mazón, in the area between the Habaneras Shopping Centre and Ozone. The incident occurred about half past eight when the woman was crossing the four-lane road.

HIGH LIFE

Agents of the National Police have dismantled a marijuana farm located in a flat in the Murcian village of Torreaguera. Three people have been arrested, two 29 year old Spaniards, bother residents of Murcia and a 26 year old Moroccan with the seizure of 72 cannabis sativa plants weighing 17.500 grams.

MESSI BUSINESS

A Spanish court will push ahead with the prosecution of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor that the charges be dismissed. Although they have denied any wrongdoing, Argentina’s Messi and his father were accused last year of defrauding the Spanish state of more than €4m (£3.1m) by filing false returns for the years 2006 to 2009.

SAFETY FIRST

Of 3000 Irish people surveyed, a third say that they have been robbed while holidaying in Spain. More than one in every 10 (12pc) said they had been pick pocketed while only slightly less (10pc) said they had items stolen from their accommodation. Another one in 10 had their bank card stolen while the same number revealed they were targeted on public transport. Only 3pc said they were mugged or had their passport or bags stolen. However nearly three out of four (72pc) reported they have never been targeted by thieves while on holidays.

FACEBOOK GROUP

A new Facebook Group ‘Keep Entertainment Live on The Costa Blanca’ received over 800 members in the first 24 hours of its creation last week. The group was set up to highlight the problems being faced by many bar owners who are being prevented by the authorities from organizing live entertainment

LOVE ALL

The 19th City of Torrevieja Tennis Tournament will be held at the Torrevieja Tennis Club from 9 to 17 August. Over 300 players from throughout the region are expected to take part in the event, competing for prizes of up to 2000 euros.

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LOCAL AUTHOR SEEKING PUBLISHER

Andrew is looking for a publisher or business to help him get the story into print

Los Montesinos author Andrew Atkinson has penned a book – The Full ‘Monty’ – written from experiences by him and his wife Helen in their three year search looking for a Casa in Spain.

Andrew is looking for a publisher or business to help him get the story into print: “Los Montesinos – The Full ‘Monty’ – tells of our ‘eye-opening’ visits to Montesinos when seeing workers sat drinking wine – some asleep – during our Casa build. “To that of needing permission to do almost anything to our property…even tiling the garden!,” said Andrew.

Andrew and Helen searched for a property spanning Almoradi, Alicante , Benidorm, Benijofar, Cabo Roig, Cabo de Palos, Cartagena, Denia, Elche, Guardamar, Lo Pagan, Los Alcazares, La Mata, La Zenia. Murcia, Polop, San Miguel, Santiago de la Ribera, Torrevieja, Torremendo, Mojocar – leading to their arrival in Los Montesinos on the Costa Blanca south.

“It’s been a great experience over the last decade and hopefully the book will give an insight to anyone contemplating living in Spain, either permanently, or as a non-resident,” said Andrew.

Interested publishers and businesses can contact Andrew on 07702340744 or via email on: lancashiremedia@talktalk.net LOS MONTESINOS – The Full ‘Monty’ author Andrew Atkinson and wife

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WEEKLY DIGEST – 28 JULY 2014

SPECIAL PROTECTION
The Spanish government has increased its Marine Protected Areas 20-fold with the establishment of 39 new marine protected areas. The new sites are classed as ‘Special Protection Areas for Birds’ (SPAs) under the European Birds…

MORE ROAD CASUALTIES

Four people, including a child and a pregnant woman, were injured in an accident on the N-332 near Santa Pola on Monday evening. Firefighters, who had to come from Elche, had to rescue the child, who was trapped in the vehicle. The car had rolled over …

POLICE ACTIVATE OPERATION ‘SUMMER 2014’ IN TOURISM HOT SPOTS

The goal is to increase safety in tourist destinations

The Director-General of the Spanish National Police Force met in Granada this week with stakeholders from public and private institutions involved in the tourism industry and local authority representatives in order to discuss implementation of the Safe Tourism Plan as related to the Spanish National Police Force and to inform them that a special operation has been launched for the summer season.

Nearly 11,800 officers from Citizen Safety units of the Spanish National Police Force are taking part in the so-called Operation “Summer 2014” – in tourism hot spots throughout Spain. This special deployment of officers will be active until 31 August in Andalusia, Asturias, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia and the Region of Valencia, and will be extended until 30 September in the Balearic Islands.

The goal is to increase safety in tourist destinations, offer a faster and more effective response to people visiting Spain and convey a greater sense of safety to both foreign and domestic tourists enjoying a holiday in Spain. This special deployment will increase the police presence in those cities most popular with tourists, at railway stations, sea ports and airports, and in those areas specified in the Safe Tourism Plan of the Spanish State Secretariat of Security.

60 million tourists for a safe destination

Spain is one of the safest tourist destinations in the world. More than 60 million inbound tourists visited Spain last year and 139 million tourist movements were recorded by Spanish citizens during the holiday periods. One of the strategic objectives for the Directorate-General of the Spanish National Police Force is to protect the tourism sector and remain in permanent contact with tourism, hotel & catering and trade representatives. One such meeting took place this week in order to hear the demands and requirements from this sector in terms of security and crime prevention.

Over 80% of the crimes reported by those tourists visiting Spain in the first four months, are thefts. Some of these crimes could have been avoided by following the safety guidelines included in the 250,000 leaflets distributed by the Directorate-General of the Spanish National Police Force in 10 languages. These leaflets are widely distributed during the summer season. Furthermore, some 5,000 posters will be distributed to hotels, tourist offices, catering establishments and tourist arrival points, displaying advice and useful telephone numbers in the event of becoming a victim of crime.

The Spanish National Police Force also operates a service whereby foreign tourists can report a crime by telephone. Via 902 102 112, officers from the Spanish National Police Force answer calls from foreign citizens and provide them with information, offer helpful assistance or take note of an official crime report. This comprehensive service is provided in English, French, German and Italian. The service received more than 13,000 calls in the first four months of 2014, of which 8,440 concluded in official crime reports.

The Spanish National Police Force is also present at seven Foreign Tourist Assistance Service Offices (Spanish acronym: SATE), alongside the respective local councils and other institutions. The Spanish National Police Force also helps tourists from the Foreign Tourist Assistance Service Offices in Malaga, Marbella, Benalmadena, Benidorm, Manacor, Gandia and Madrid. This quality service is highly valued by tourists and other institutions, such as the Foreign Tourist Assistance Service in Benidorm, which this year received recognition for the quality and excellence of its service from the British Embassy and the City Council. The seven Foreign Tourist Assistance Services operated by officers from the Spanish National Police Force helped over 3,200 people between January and April 2014.

Advice for enjoying a safe summer

Over the course of the summer period, the Spanish National Police Force will be underlining a series of safety guidelines for enjoying a safe summer via its profiles on the social networks.

1. Watch over your valuables at typically summer venues and occasions (festivals, large-scale events, beaches, terraces, beach bars, etc.) to ensure they are not stolen by opportunists or pick-pockets. Install a tracking app on your smartphone in case it disappears.

2. Ensure that any concert, festival or event you attend complies with all compulsory safety measures. Avoid risks at any large-scale event and call 112 if you become aware of an emergency situation.

3. Only swim in authorised areas. Follow the rules and instructions given by lifeguards. Take care in the water… and don’t be too trusting with your belongings!

4. When in swimming areas with small children, watch them very carefully and set strict rules on going near the water. Make sure to tell older children who know how to swim that they should not be over-confident and that they should always follow the rules and basic safety guidelines.

5. The consumption of alcohol on the street is prohibited (except in certain very specific situations) and may lead to significant fines. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage your health. For your own safety and the safety of others, never drive if you have been drinking alcohol. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offence.

6. Stay away from drugs. They are harmful to your health in the short term and can kill in the long term. If you see signs of drug trafficking, report it to us at antidroga@policia.es with full anonymity and confidentiality.

7. We all like to take – and share via the social networks – pretty or impressive photographs. However, never jeopardise anyone’s safety (neither photographer nor subject) or break the rules. Before sharing your photographs on the social networks, instant messaging services or email, ensure that they respect others and will not cause harm to anyone either at the time or in the future.

8. The purchase of items away from regulated establishments means you will be beyond the scope of health & hygiene controls with no consumer rights. You will also be putting yourself at risk of fraud and forgery. Take extreme care with all food, drink, medicine and cosmetic products and all products that could affect your health.

9. If you intend to enjoy risky sports and/or recreational activities, make sure to inform yourself of the rules to be followed, the safety and basic prevention measures to be applied, that the activity in question has been authorised and the steps to take in the event of an emergency. There is no excuse for the absence of helmets or other protection.

10. When attending an outdoor gathering, do not make a barbecue or build a fire in unauthorised camping areas and take extreme caution when doing so at home.

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