TWO local policemen are being hailed as quick thinking heroes in Malaga after saving the life of someone who was attempting to jump from a motorway bridge.

The incident occurred last week, when the two plain clothed officers were travelling across the bridge, and spotted a man perched on the edge looking down at the motorway some 25 meters below.

The two quick thinking policemen discreetly did a U-turn. One of them left the vehicle, and as the other policeman approached in the car, the officer on foot circled around to the man’s blind-side. At that point the other policeman got out of the car and started talking to the potential suicide from a distance.

It was obvious to the hiding officer that his colleague’s words were falling on deaf ears, and he slowly made his way closer. But it wasn’t until the man, who was highly agitated and whose legs were trembling, let go of the handrail and fixed his gaze on the motorway below, that the policeman pounced and grabbed him.

The man was brought to safety and allowed to calm down before being taken for interview by uniformed officers, who had themselves been keeping a distance during the incident.

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A RECENT BBC news item reported that filmmaker Andrew Jenkins, 52, from Blaenau Gwent, had lost 19 friends to suicide over three decades.

He has spoken out so that other people might think twice about taking their own lives. He now plans to make an educational film about the issue.

The piece also quoted Stephen Habgood, chairman of charity Papyrus, which is concerned with young people's suicides, who said 75 per cent of people who took their own lives were young men and he expected to see an increase in suicides among middle-aged men because of the effects of the recession.

Psychiatrists say mental health problems are increasing in Spain and the suicide rate is up since the financial crisis began. Certain factors are known to be associated with increased risk of suicide, including unemployment, poverty, family breakdown, bullying and social isolation.

The young fear that that they have no future in their own country and either have to move abroad or depend on family members who are themselves in difficulty. According to RTVE television, suicide was second to cancer (15 per cent of deaths) in the overall 25-34 age group and the leading cause of death amongst young men (17.8 per cent).

One in three young people who take their lives are intoxicated at the time of death. Among the young, 80 per cent of suicides are male, who feel possibly that they should be the stronger sex and men usually find it much more difficult to open up and talk about their problems.

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Thursday, 01 January 2015 15:30

Teenage girls admit to bullying suicide victim

TWO girls have been ordered by a judge to carry out four months of social and educational tasks after admitting to bullying a schoolmate who committed suicide.

Carla Diaz, a 14-year-old girl, committed suicide on April 11, 2013, by throwing herself off a cliff in Gijon, Asturias.

The teenagers admitted that they had bullied Carla constantly during 2012 and the first few months of 2013. Although others joined in, the pair were the ring-leaders.

An Oviedo Public Prosecutor explained that the tasks aim to improve the girls’ sense of empathy, ability to control impulses and assume responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

After Carla’s death, her mother Montserrat Magnien found out that her daughter had been insulted on a daily basis at school and on internet sites Facebook, Tuenti and Ask.fm. She also found out that the girls had thrown toilet water at her daughter and attacked her outside the school premises.

When she began to suspect something was happening to her daughter at school, Montserrat spoke to the centre but was told it was just child’s play.

Now the mother states: “Nobody can give me Carla back but if I give up, these things will keep on happening.”

As the school failed to notify Carla’s parents that the bullying was going on, her mother’s lawyer declared that the next step will be to sue the school.

“This sentence will shut up a lot of people who said I was crazy,” Montserrat said with a shaky voice. Although she was pleased that the girls had admitted to the bullying, Carla’s mother considered the punishment to be ridiculous and declared she would fight for laws concerning minors to be changed.

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Friday, 07 November 2014 10:21

Shopper ‘commits suicide’ in Debenhams

A shopper in Debenhams apparently threw himself from the third floor escalator as shoppers watched on in horror.

Witnesses who were Christmas shopping at Debenhams in Oxford Street in London had to be treated for shock. There were five children among the witnesses.    

A member of staff, who did not want to be named, told reporters: “I was on the first floor and just saw this thing speed past me. I looked down and saw a giant pool of blood.”

Another eyewitness said: “I heard a loud bang, commotion followed and a man was lying on the ground. I initially thought it was fireworks.”

Another shopper stated: “It was obvious something horrible happened.

“Decorative boxes for a Christmas display were scattered around and about 20 minutes later they said over the Tannoy the store was closing immediately.”

A Met police spokesman said: “Police were called to Debenhams in Oxford Street to a man who had fallen from an escalator.

“Police and London Ambulance Service attended and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Reportedly the man had most likely jumped to his death and not tripped or fallen.

 

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A man in Alicante allegedly killed his wife before taking his own life. The 90-year-old reportedly killed his 86-year-old wife at an apartment building located on Calle San Bartolome in El Campello Alicante. He is reported to have then committed suicide.

Police investigators believe the woman died from asphyxiation, even though the officers purportedly found blood on the bed and her body is said to have suffered sharp force trauma. The husband is said to have killed himself by stabbing himself in the neck with a kitchen knife and it appears the bodies were found by their daughter shortly before midnight, according to elmundo.es.

Police are now to determine whether the woman had previously lodged a complaint against her husband for domestic abuse and whether she was indeed killed by her partner, which would increase the number of women who have lost their lives at the hands of their partners so far this year to 38. 

Published in Costa Blanca North
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 02:30

Robin Williams dies aged 63

Actor and comedian Robin Williams has died in a an apparent suicide.
 
Police responding to an emergency 911 call attended the stars home in Tiburon, California after his body was discovered late on Sunday. Emergency services were called to the stars home where he was later pronounced dead at 12.02am.
 
The Hollywood star of many blockbusters such as Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning Vietnam was a fan favourite and will be sorely missed. 
 
Marin County Emergency Services attended the scene, however they were unable to render aid to the lifeless body of a male who was later confirmed as Robin Williams.
 
Police and the Coroner’s office continue their investigations to establish the cause of death. Initial indications suggest Mr Williams may have died of asphyxiation.  Forensic investigative findings are expected on or around August 12.  
 
A representative, Mara Buxbaum said: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late.”
 
In addition the late star's wife added “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings”. 
 
The actor was known for his hilarious comedy and lovable characters who entertained young and old alike. The multi Golden Globe winner also played serious roles to include ‘Dead Poet’s Society.’
 
Early indications suggest that Mr Williams was last seen alive at roughly 10pm on August 10 with his wife at home.
 
There are no signs to suggest foul play.
 
Updates to follow.
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Monday, 04 August 2014 13:15

Selfie accidental suicide

A Mexican man has died from a gunshot wound whilst taking a selfie, it has been reported. Twenty one-year-old Oscar Otero Aguilar had regularly posted ‘selfies’ to Facebook.

Found dead at his home on the arrival of the emergency services, Omar Abner Campos Vives was arrested at the time but it has since been explained that that the young man was probably shot by the gun with which he was taking a ‘selfie.’

A neighbour heard screams after a shot and then alerted police. However another friend who had been drinking with Oscar has since disappeared, he is known only as ‘El Paco.’

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:38

Malaga council pioneers new service

MALAGA council has created a pioneering service to prevent suicides.

The objective of the service is to detect and attend to people who are at risk.

Next September the social services department of Malaga council will begin its suicide prevention programme; it is the first of its sort in Spain.

The programme consists of a series of protocols to follow in order to identify, locate and try to help anyone at risk; the programme will also train social services workers in how to deal with depressed people.

The suicide rate in the capital is 10.7 out of 100,000 residents which puts the city in 10th place nationally. In 2012 there were 57 suicides in Malaga (39 men and 18 women) which is 7.9 per cent of the Andalucia total and 1.6 per cent of the national total.

A council spokesperson commented that the intention of the service is to lessen the rate rather than eradicate the phenomenon which they consider to be an unattainable goal.

The first step to be taken will be the opening of a free phone line so anyone in distress can call to speak to a professional who has been prepared to deal with that sort of situation.

Several local mental health associations have expressed their support for the service and offered to help in the training of the personnel.

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:07

Crooked notary’s €50 million suicide

Pedro Romero Candau, the ex-president of Sevilla Notary Academy, has been found dead after apparently shooting himself.

The body of the public notary was discovery in his car a day prior to the transfer of payment of €5.5 million owed to the construction company Ferrovial, a large sum entrusted to Romero from the University of Sevilla for the development of their latest science department.

Romero was said to be distraught and embarrassed over his failing businesses, as his family-run winery Sanlúcar de Barrameda had accumulated nearly €22 million in debt, and his finance and management of real estate in Madrid had boosted total debt to €50 million.

Apparently the prestige and credibility of being a public notary gave him access to a variety of loans from banks without question.

A lawyer who worked with Romero said: “The banks granted him credit because of the value of the collateral he offered, not because of the business itself. Pedro lived his life in an ongoing guarantee, and never admitted to being a failure.”

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Saturday, 07 June 2014 11:31

One dead and one injured in A Coruña

A WOMAN of 78 has been found dead and her son seriously injured in their home in A Coruña, Galicia.

Guardia Civil have found a woman dead in her house and her son very badly injured after a knife attack by unknown perpetrators.

Samuel Juarez, government delegate for Galicia, has announced that the son alerted the Guardia Civil as to the incident via e-mail - the contents of which have not yet been released.

When the authorities arrived they had to call the fire brigade to get them into the house as the son was too badly injured to go to the front door. When they got into the house they found the woman on the floor in a pool of blood and her son, lying next to her, in very bad condition.

Sources within the Guardia Civil have commented that they are working on the hypothesis that it was an ‘apparent suicide’ in which the two mutually helped each other to kill themselves but that it had gone wrong.

The son is in hospital and it is not yet known if he will survive.

Police continue to investigate to clarify the circumstances of the death.

 

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