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Monster illegal tobacco haul in Elche

MORE than 18 tonnes of illegal tobacco with an estimated street value in excess of €2.7 million has been seized in Elche, in the Guardia Civil’s latest sting operation. Two men and a woman have been apprehended, while a third man is also under investigation; all four are Spanish citizens.…

Malaria misdiagnosis case under investigation in Valencia

A VALENCIAN court has launched investigations after receiving a claim against a private hospital in the city from a man who was misdiagnosed with flu when he was actually suffering from malaria. The lawsuit states that the claimant went to the hospital’s A&E department on March 4 and told doctors…

Low-cost brings millions to coast

LOW-COST is the way to go at Alicante-Elche airport with the terminal serving two million passengers from January to July. These airlines transported 18.1 million passengers in the first half of the year in Spain, 13.9 per cent more than in the same period as 2015, with Alicante-Elche being the…

Murcia sergeant suspended for alleged abuse

A GUARDIA CIVIL sergeant has been suspended and may face up to 15 years in jail for the alleged abuse of an officer under his command in Murcia, who has said she was raped and forced to have an abortion. The case, which is under investigation by a military tribunal…

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Woman gored to death by cow at Murcia festival

A MOTHER-OF-TWO has lost her life after being gored by a heifer in Moratalla, Murica, while she was trying to get inside a house owned by her relatives. 47-year-old Sofia Lopez Gonzalez was not participating in the event, which was the last in a week-long series of celebrations for the…

Big payout for Alicante IVF complication

ALICANTE judges ordered the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad (IVI) to pay €400,000 to a couple with a haemophiliac son. Childless, the couple turned to IVF at the IVI clinic in Alicante, but three months after the woman conceived, eggs from the same donor were found to carry the haemophilia gene.…

Disco dodges don’t deceive the tax man in Valencian Community

HACIENDA, Spain’s tax authority, swooped on 20 Valencian Community discotheques, two of them in Alicante Province. Five hundred tax inspectors swung into action throughout Spain, going over the books of 87 discos in the most exhaustive scrutiny ever known in the sector. One of the two Alicante Province discotheques inspected…

Earthquake emergency plan is to be drawn up for Torrevieja

TORREVIEJA is to serve as a model for an Emergency Plan of Seismic Risk. Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon chaired a meeting, joined by the Director General of the Agency for Safety and Emergency Response, Jose Maria Angel Batalla, at which the future drafting of the Comprehensive Emergency Action Plan was…

Counterfeiters caught in Murcia

A JOINT operation between the Guardia Civil and National Police has intercepted a major money-counterfeiting gang. The police seized €1.5m worth of fake notes as well as the machinery used to manufacture them. The seven men accused, four Moroccans and three Spaniards, were arrested in Murcia. Police believe the operation…

Beach theatre in Orihuela Costa

THE importance of caring for and cleaning the beaches is being emphasised and highlighted through theatrical performances on the beaches of Orihuela Costa. The Department of Environment, headed by Councillor Miguel Angel Fernandez is carrying out performances on different days at the beaches of Cala Bosque, La Caleta and Cala…

Summer pay cheques to continue for some

MANY interim teachers in the region of Murcia can enjoy their summer off knowing they will still be getting paid in July and August. The regional government has made amendments to the budgets of the autonomous region this year. The aim of the bill, which was announced in an extraordinary…

Some reassurance for British expats

‘REST easy’ was Regional President Ximo Puig’s message to the Valencian Community’s 100,000 British residents following the UK referendum vote to leave the EU. The healthcare of any citizen living in the region is “guaranteed,” he pledged during a visit to meet representatives from the local tourist industry to discuss…
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