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Month: July 2014

Fiesta fun and Livestock Fair in Dolores

Games, music, dancing and farm animals are just a few of the treats in store From today until August 10th the Dolores August Fair will be in full flow. For this reason, the Town Hall has organised loads of events for everyone to enjoy, from the little ones to senior citizens.   Programme of events: Thursday, July 31st 5pm-10pm – Opening of the 21st National Selected Livestock Fair Friday, August 1 8am-10pm: Livestock Fair 8pm: Official inauguration of the Livestock Fair with Dolores Youth Band, Fiesta Queens and Ladies and councillors at the fairground 8:30pm: Petanca competition at Nuestro Bar in the fairground 10pm: Dance show, ‘Las Mil y una noches’ (1,001 nights) by the Esport Club Gym dance school, Plaza Cardenal Belluga 12am: Disco, Cardenal Belluga Saturday, August 2 8am-10pm: Livestock Market 10am: Dominoes marathon, Nuestro Bar in the fairground 10am: Pilgrimage with animals and carts from the fairground and through the streets and back again Followed by folk dancing by the Escuela de Jotas and Grupo Folclórico de Benejúzar 5pm-8pm: Entertainment, traditional children’s games and bouncy castles. Music by the Dolores youth band. Sack race, ribbon cutting race and pucheros (like a piñata) competitions. Registration for competitions from 5pm opposite the church Events take place in the Plaza General Llopis and Plaza de la Constitución 6.30pm: Dog Agility Contest, organised by La Dama Agility Club from Elche,...

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Hernández Mateo commences prison sentence

The former Mayor of Torrevieja will serve his 3 year stretch in Murcia The ex-mayor of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernández Mateo, voluntarily entered the Murcia Penitentiary II in Campos del Río yesterday, to commence a three year prison sentence imposed by the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community (TSJCV), for crimes of corruption and forgery over the municipal contract for garbage collection in 2004. The TSJCV has confirmed that the Partido Popular politician entered the prison yesterday (July 30th), a day ahead of the deadline, after when he would have been arrested and detained by the Guardia Civil. Hernández Mateo, who spent 23 years in office in the city, as well as being made a Regional Deputy, was convicted in 2012 and although 45 of his fellow PP members of the Valencian Parliament, this month he was denied clemency. The sentence also bans him from public office for seven years....

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Torrevieja celebrates protector from earthquakes

The traditional fiesta is in honour of co-patron Saint Emigdio The Councillor for Festivals of Torrevieja, Lola Sánchez Roca, announced that from Wednesday 30th July to Sunday 3rd August, the fiestas in the neighbourhood of El Calvario will take place in the Park of Nations, in honour of San Emigdio. The city’s co-patron is believed to protect against earthquakes. The Department for fiestas and Plaza del Calvario Association, which is presided over by Antonio Aniorte Pérez, extend an invitation to all residents and tourists to take advantage of the pleasant summer evenings and join them for the celebrations, which are very significant for everyone living in Torrevieja and surrounding areas. The festivities begin on Wednesday, 30th July, at 10pm, in the Park of Nations, when all are welcomed to gather and enjoy the free hot chocolate drinks and happy chatter. On Thursday 31st July, from 9pm, the festival will be officially inaugurated, incorporating a free prize draw, disco and plenty of dancing. These activities will be repeated on Friday 1st August at 9:30 pm. Then, on Saturday, 2nd August, a special children’s event will be held in the Park of Nations from 7pm. The activities will include games, a visit from a clown, popular kids snacks and treats and much more to keep the little ones entertained! This will be followed at 9:30 pm, by a summer ball, featuring...

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Guardia Civil find more than 1,300 marijuana plants in Rojales

Two people responsible for the plantation have been arrested The Guardia Civil has uncovered a major marijuana plantation located in Rojales, containing 1,633 plants, most of which were fully grown, as part of a permanent operation to crack down on the sale and use of drugs in Alicante Province. The operation has resulted in the arrest of two men, aged 48 and 29, one Lithuanian and the other of Moldovan-Bulgarian nationality. Both are charged with crimes against public health and illegal energy consumption. The plantation, which was located in the basement of an old finca, was maintained using a high output artificial lighting system, which was illegally connected to the mains supply, and is estimated to have consumed €30,000 of unauthorised electricity. The plantation was equipped with diverse and highly technical temperature and humidity control systems, and various substrates and special chemical fertilisers were also used to encourage plant growth. The operation dates back to April 2013, when the Guardia Civil were tipped off about the possible existence of a marijuana plantation the town of Rojales. This led the Organised Crime and Drugs Squad (EDOA) to initiate an investigation to locate and dismantle the illegal cultivation and arrest the perpetrators involved. Since then they have been working to unravel the case, and during the middle of this month, finally took action. They also seized a firearm, two security cameras,...

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