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Police Collaboration Identifies Murder Suspect

Details have been revealed this week how officers from the British Police assisted colleagues from the Guardia Civil in arresting a man wanted in the UK on suspicion of murder. The British Police were working as part of a collaboration which allowed them to patrol with the Guardia Civil in the Balearic Islands, which saw

Tourist Boost

A best-ever figure of 47.2 million foreign tourists visited Spain this year up till the end of August this year, just over four percent more than the same eight months of 2014. There were nine point two million visitors last month, some one point six percent more than August last year. Last month’s figures showed

Taxing Awards

Famous within the Alicante province, the SUMA tax collection company, a company contracted to collect local taxes on behalf of town halls, has been selected as a finalist for the annual Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation awards being held in Telford in October. The company has also been working with local authorities in Liverpool

Alicante to UK Jet in Bomb Scare

A security alert was triggered at Bristol airport on Saturday evening, with flights being diverted and the airport evacuated. A suspicious note claiming that a bomb was on board was found on a Ryanair jet which had flown from Alicante, with flight number FR8297 on Saturday. The bomb threat was found to be a hoax


Cantemos! Youth Choir

The biggest event on the Costa is scheduled for Saturday 27th June in the Orihuela Costa Resort, La Zenia. “Some Enchanted Evening” – A Tribute To Rodgers & Hammerstein will be performed by the Costa’s largest popular choir, the 60 strong Melody Makers International, along with the ever-popular Cantemos! Youth Choir, both conducted by Nigel Hopkins.

The concert will include many of R&H’s fabulous hits from such shows as Carousel, Oklahoma, South Pacific, King & I, State Fair, and of course the Sound of Music. A professional band from the UK will accompany the shows and some of the finest soloists on the Costa will perform.

There are two shows on the day, a Matinee at 2pm and an evening performance at 8pm. Tickets are available from La Ponderosa gift shop at La Zenia, as well as The CardPlace at both Punta Prima and Benimar. Johnsons Supermarket at the Citrus Centre and Bargain Books in C/Ramon Gallud, Torrevieja also have tickets. The shows are supporting the Pink Ladies for AECC this year.

Conductor and producer Nigel Hopkins promises a superb evening of entertainment including beautiful harmonies and several surprises which audiences always look forward to. Tickets are on sale NOW.

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The hub of the operation is said to be Madrid

In an operation involving Spain’s National Police and the British Border Police, 24 people have been arrested, 13 in Spain and 11 in the UK, mostly from the same family, in a human trafficking network originating in Madrid

Those arrested were allegedly smuggling Afghan nationals, into several European countries, in exchange for 25,000 euros

By using falsified travel documents and accompanied by a “facilitator” the refugees would take a flight from Islamabad (Pakistan), transiting through Spain or Italy, before being transferred from there to other European states.

The investigations began when six illegal Afghans were discovered in Bilbao Airport as traffickers attempted to smuggle them into the country. National Police Agents soon realized they were closing in on a criminal network that was based in Spain, with a leader of Pakistani origin, who was coordinating activities throughout Europe from Madrid.

He allegedly managed the gang’s logistics, and reinvested the proceeds of his activities in Spanish businesses in order to launder the money illegally obtained.

After recruiting Afghans who each paid 25,000 euros to the operation a facilitator would move groups of between 6 and 12 refugees from Pakistan into Spain or Italy. He would be responsible for handling all travel logistics including airline tickets, fake passports, hotels and any other issues that might arise.
From there the victims would be issued with false documentation with which they would be moved on to their final European destination.

As the investigation progressed, police found that, quite often, the organization used to London Heathrow as airport transit prior to their arrival in Spain, so contact was made with the British Border Police, who proceeded to arrest of 11 people, a Pakistani and 10 Afghans traveling with false passports.

The arrests saw an immediate change of routing by the network which had to immediately reorganize its travel system in order to avoid Heathrow, opting for direct travel from Islamabad to Barcelona.

With this information, the National Police began to identify and locate other members of the organization resulting in the arrest of 13 people, including the leader of the group.

A number of homes and commercial establishments were raided in which 18 forged British and Spanish passports were found, 20 Pakistani passports, fake UK visas, passport pages with exit stamps, computers and mobile phone were seized along with bank documents and cash.

A search was also carried out in a Logrono travel agency, where officers found numerous documents which revealed the existence of more than 170 trafficked trips between April and September 2014 amounting to US $ 4,250,000.

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