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Day: September 12, 2016

Torrevieja residents want more cleaning, parks and social housing

500 proposals received for the municipality’s first public participation budget The proposals from the public about what Torrevieja Town Hall should spend money on in its 2017 budget have been revealed by councillors Víctor Ferrández and José Hurtado. They include a Municipal Centre for Non-Profit Associations, a Youth Leisure Centre, a Municipal Infant School and a stock of Municipal Social Housing These along with social aid to renovate houses, a network of cycle lanes, a bicycle rental service and finishing La Siesta-El Chaparral Park were among the most repeated suggestions from residents. They will also require the most investment and preliminary projects to be able to realise them, said Fernández. “They will be put to a vote in an open Assembly on Thursday, September 15th at 6pm in the Palacio de la Música. According to the results we wil prioritise the projects,” he explained. Requests which were already being funded in 2016 and will get more money in 2017 based on the public participation process include “rubbish collection, cleaning streets and beaches, which will get 5.5 million in 2016 and more in 2017; improving pavements and public streets, with a share created for this; street lighting and maintenance of parks and gardens.” There were 180 requests for these things from residents. Councillor Hurtado said they wil require much higher investment than the 2016 budget. There were a total of...

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Police announce seatbelt checks

National campaign will collaborate with Local Police in places including Callosa Callosa de Segura Local Police and the Spanish Traffic Department (DGT) will be carrying out a campaign of checking motorists are wearing seatbelts netxt week, from Monday the 12th to Sunday the 18th of September. Police HQ in Callosa has publicised the campaign by asking drivers and passengers to use this piece of safety equipment, which they reminded is compulsory to wear. The Town Hall noted that by announcing the checks in advance they are showing that its purpose is to remind people and not to make money from fines. This campaign will not only be in Callosa but at a national level by officers of different Local Police forces or the Guardia...

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Burglars arrested in Torrevieja

Robberies cleared up in places including Guardamar A family of Croats who have supposedly been breaking into houses in Alicante and Murcia provinces has been arrested in Torrevieja by the National Police. On most occasions they got in by using a piece of plastic to open the doors. The suspects are three men and five women aged between 20 and 27. Police first identified four women, two in Alicante and two in Cartagena, who were carrying tools often used to force open doors to houses. The investigation led to catching them a few weeks later in the act of trying to get into homes in Alicante and Murcia. Police found out the gang lived in Torrevieja and that many homes had been broken into in this area using the same method. The officers focused on two rented properties that a lot of people were going into, supposedly to hide stolen goods. Most of the time the suspects travelled by train to evade the police so officers checked all the passengers on trains and buses from Torrevieja to Murcia. They identified the gang members, who would keep changing clothes or travel separately to avoid suspicion and tried to make sure they were not being followed. However the police decided to arrest them on August 31 and searched two homes in Torrevieja, where they found many tools used for the robberies,...

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Elderly couple rescued from car crash

Foreign pair taken to hospital after vehicle fell down embankment Orihuela Fire Brigade and Local Police worked flat out on Friday to rescue an elderly couple, aged about 70, who were trapped in their car after it fell down an embankment. It happened at about 9:15am when the driver lost control for reasons that are not known. It fell several metres down the embankment on the edge of the urbanisation El Presidente in Orihuela Costa. Two teams of firemen and several Local Police officers helped with the rescue. The work to cut them out was difficult and took two hours because of the difficult terrain, which forced the firemen to slide down several metres. The two occupants of the car – a man and a woman of foreign nationality – were taken to Torrevieja Hospital with injuries of varying seriousness....

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Severely injured donkey seized in joint operation with police

Animals with facial injuries rescued from Almoradí with the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre The September 2nd rescue came as Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding announced she would sell her car to help raise funds, as the non-profit foundation struggles to cover more than €4,600 in veterinary bills after two horses fell seriously ill last month. “Combined with how slow our charity shops always are in August when everyone in Spain is on holidays, our rescue centre costs are escalating and the extra money from my car will be hugely helpful to get us through this difficult time,” Sue said. Despite the centre’s financial difficulties, Sue and her husband Rod responded immediately to Almoradí police’s call for help at lunchtime on September 2nd. They found the donkey, named Paco, with deep and infected wounds behind his ears from being forced to wear a head collar that was far too tight. Paco’s nose joint and the surrounding skin are also injured. “Almoradí has always been a bit of a stronghold for unsavoury people and it’s been a real tough nut to crack because up until now, police haven’t really been that interested in what people did there with their animals,” Sue said. “But things seem to be changing now and officers are really on board, doing everything they can to get these animals out of these hellholes. Paco will...

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