Court martial for Guardamar intruder

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Court martial for Guardamar intruder
GUARDAMAR TOWER: Built by the US in 1962 and now belongs to Spain Photo credit: Erbrechtler1

A TRESPASSER who entered the Torre de los Americanos site in Guardamar faces a four-year sentence from a military court.

He was spotted by CCTV cameras in April last year, climbing a wall to get inside the radio-naval station before hiding amongst the pine trees that surround the installation with its military communications tower.

The intruder was immediately warned with loudspeaker messages from the security guards inside the station as well as the Guardia Civil but was not intercepted and arrested until 90 minutes later.

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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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