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FALL IN CRIME RATES IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2015

Between January and March 2015, a total of 496,133 offences and misdemeanours were recorded in Spain

Crime fell by 3.7% on the first three months of last year. The overall downward trend posted in recent years has continued, with crime now standing at 44.3 offences and misdemeanours per 1,000 inhabitants – one of the lowest rates in the European Union.

The Ministry of Home Affairs presents the Crime Statistics corresponding to the first quarter of 2015. This report contains and presents statistics on crime trends in the first three months of the year in Spain as registered by the State law enforcement agencies (the Spanish National Police Force and Spanish Guardia Civil), the regional law enforcement agencies (the Basque Ertzaintza, the Catalan Mossos d’Esquadra and the Provincial Police Force of Navarre), as well as those local police forces that provide data to the Crime Statistics System.

Between January and March 2015, a total of 496,133 offences and misdemeanours were recorded in Spain. This is 3.7% fewer than in the same period of 2014, when a total of 514,930 were recorded. The total number of registered criminal offences in the first three months of the year puts the crime rate at 44.3 offences and misdemeanours per 1,000 inhabitants, making Spain one of the safest countries within its peer group.

The total reduction in offences and misdemeanours recorded by the State law enforcement agencies in the first quarter of 2015, as reflected in the results presented by these statistics, confirms and highlights the ongoing downward trend posted in recent years. Spain continues to be an international benchmark in the fight against crime. It should be stressed that the efficient use of policing resources constitutes one of the main tools for preventing, combating and reducing crime rates in Spain.

The drop in crime rates was seen across the board, although the fall was greatest in terms of voluntary manslaughter and murder (-25%), aggravated burglary (-15.9%), aggravated robbery and robbery with intimidation (-15.5%), violent crime in general (-14%) and armed robbery (-12.2%).

Finally, it is worth highlighting – from a regional crime distribution perspective – that those regions posting the greatest crime reduction include La Rioja, Asturias and Cantabria.

Increasingly complete and accessible statistics

The Quarterly Crime Statistics provide a summary that breaks down the data on those criminal offences – serious offences and misdemeanours – registered not only at a national level but also broken down by autonomous region and province.

Furthermore, besides the detailed data of a regional nature, crime statistics on those provincial capitals and cities with a population of over 50,000 inhabitants (as per the official electoral register kept by the Spanish National Statistics Institute at 1 January 2014) are also included – a total of 146, to be precise.

However, it should be noted that the information extracted from this report also contains data corresponding to the island regions based on the guidelines – set last year – for the expansion of crime statistics published by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Specifically, those corresponding to Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife, Ibiza, Formentera, Majorca and Minorca.

The safety indicators used in this document comprise various categories: total number of serious offences and misdemeanours; voluntary manslaughter and murder; violent crime; aggravated robbery and robbery with intimidation; armed robbery; aggravated burglary; vehicle theft; drug trafficking; criminal damage; and theft.

A number of these crime indicators, basically those shown with the letters “EU” in brackets, correspond to those used by the European Union Statistics Office (EUROSTAT).

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THOUSANDS ATTEND HORADADA SEVILLANAS

The mayor opening the weekend's events

Thousands of people from all over the region were in Pilar de la Horadada last weekend for the fourth annual Sevillanas Fair.

“The event is an important occasion in the town’s social calendar. It is an opportunity for groups and associations to become involved with each other, to work together in support of the fair and the many people who attend” said Mayor Jose Fidel Ros

Friday night saw the lights turned on after which there were three days of festivities, music, dancing and of course lots of food and drink. The main event occurred on Saturday evening with the appearance of los “Cantores de Híspalis” who sang to an audience of very nearly 2000 people.

People were also able to enjoy the horses and carriages that were regularly crossing the fairground.
The Festival Councillor, Asunción Sánchez, said that ” each year there are activities that are absolutely essential to the festival, and certainly the offering of flowers to the Virgin of Pilar, the Mass Rociera and the sevillanas contest are an integral part in an event that is becoming increasingly popular.

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NORTH AFRICAN OVERHAUL FOR ‘PASCUAL FLORES’

The 'Pascual Flores' is now in dry dock in Algeciras

The ‘Pascual Flores’ has arrived in Algeciras, Spain’s enclave in North Africa, where it will be put in ‘dry dock’ to undergo hull cleaning and painting.

It left Torrevieja last Monday under the command of Captain Manuel Murube Seville, with seven crew, for the journey which lasted two days.

In the usual Spanish fashion the schooner was given a ‘send off’ at a press conference held in Torrevieja Town Hall attended by the mayor, Eduardo Dolon, and the ship’s Captain, the Councillor for Culture, Luis Maria Pizana, and the director of the Nao Victoria Foundation which will be carrying out the work, Jose Fernandez de Cabo.

The mayor said that the overhaul, at a cost of 18,000 euros, will be the first step in making the schooner a little more active on it’s return to local waters.

The work in Algeciras is scheduled to take approximately two months. Once complete it will return to Torrevieja where it will remain under the control of the Nao Victoria Foundation and once again assume its duties as a tourist attraction where it will represent the values, culture and the seafaring history of Torrevieja.

The councilor explained that the schooner could also function as a mobile tourist office for Torrevieja and, in theory, it could promote the city by travelling all over the world.

The director of the Nao Victoria Foundation stressed that the Pascual Flores is in good condition and remains a great attractionl for Mediterranean sailors. He said that it is the intention of the Foundation to show it worldwide.

However two of Torrevieja’s political parties have criticized the possible new status of the schooner.
PSOE spokesman, and candidate for mayor, Angel Saez, said the whole upkeep of the ship has already cost the city far too much from which the citizens are getting very little, if no, benefit. “We have already spent over 5 million euros on it’s upkeep and preservation’ he said, “It is probably worth around 6 million and we need to recover the money it has cost the city, therefore it should be advertised for sale and if somebody wants to buy the boat they should be allowed to do so”.

However José Luis Alarcon, number 6 on the Sueña Torrevieja list of candidates for the forthcoming elections, totally rejected the transfer of assets for the schooner which have been going on for 25 years saying that it will be totally irresponsible to continue with such funding “.

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NAVY PATROL SIEZES 40 KILOS OF DRUGS

The Arnomendi has been employed as a fisheries inspection and protection vessel since last April

According to a statement issued by the Department of Defence last week, the Spanish Naval Fisheries Patrol Vessel Arnomendi, based in Cartagena, has intercepted a fishing trawler, seven miles from the port of Alicante, on which they discovered between 30 and 40 kilos of “an alleged drug, apparently hashish”.

Based in Villajoyosa, the trawler was crewed by four men, all of Spanish Nationality.

The Arnomendi has been employed as a fisheries inspection and protection vessel since last April 27. It carried out the interception on Tuesday morning and following discovery of the drugs it escorted the trawler, Sana, to Alicante where the boat and its crew were handed over to the authorities.

The patrol boat Arnomendi, of the Maritime Action Force (FAM), entered service with the Spanish Navy in December 2000, and is manned by a crew of 37.

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SAFETY CONCERNS OVER N332 BRIDGE

The crack is visible in both directions and the concern is that in recent weeks it seems to be getting gradually worse.

A bridge in Guardamar del Segura, on the approaches to the junction of the CV-91 from Orihuela, with the N332, has developed what appears to be a serious crack in its structure.

According to the municipal group Esquerra Unida which has warned of the apparent danger involved, the infrastructure supports a section of National-332 road which carries thousands of cars andheavy trucks every week.

The crack is visible in both directions and the concern is that in recent weeks it seems to be getting gradually worse. Many residents who have been in contact with the Guardamar Ayuntamiento say there is a distinct possibility that the bridge could collapse.

The leftist group warns that these cracks began to appear quite a while ago, “but you can see how they have recently become enlarged,” according to spokesman Josep Carmona. “The bridge was built on variable terrain across the Rio Segura and the shifting path of the river has created additional problems for the bridge. It is also the point where the dual carriageway into Torrevieja begins.

Carmona also said that this is an area where regular earthquakes occur causing, albeit very slight, movement of the bridge which has added to the structural problems, he would not, however, state that the danger was imminent although he did say that an immediate structural survey should be carried out by engineers from both the Ayuntamiento, which is responsible for the CV 91, and the Highways Agency, who are responsible for the National road.

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