Graffitists stopped in their tracks after targeting 50 Renfe train carriages on the Costa Blanca

Graffists stopped in their tracks after targeting 50 Renfe train carriages
CREDIT: Ayto de Elche

Graffitists stopped in their tracks after targeting 50 Renfe train carriages on the Costa Blanca causing more than €215,000 worth of damage.

Elche Local Police have arrested five graffiti artists for causing damage to half a kilometre of Renfe train carriages.

An investigation began in February 2019, when the train operator filed a complaint with the National Police in Alcoy and Valencia after around 50 carriages were vandalised.


After several months of investigations and joint work by both bodies, five graffitists were identified, and on March 8, they were all arrested.

“The graffiti carried out has caused damage to almost half a kilometer of train carriages, and those responsible face an alleged crime of damage….punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years,” said Elche Police in a statement.

“Renfe faces this problem on a daily basis, and these acts of vandalism cause delays and cancellations in services, security problems, damage to reputation and a large economic cost.”

Last year the cost of vandalism to trains rose to €25 million, according to Renfe, which recorded an average of nine acts of vandalism per day, resulting in an average of €35,000 a day in cleaning costs.

“With this police action and the good results obtained, the importance of coordination and joint work between the bodies has been highlighted once again,” said police.

In other news, a man was left needing medical attention after he was bitten on the penis during a fight in Elche.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly biting the 24-year-old, causing serious injuries to his penis, after the victim reportedly claimed the suspect had complimented his girlfriend.

The arrest came after the injured man filed a complaint at the police station in which he stated that the perpetrator, who was an acquaintance of his and who was reportedly drunk, bit him in the penis in the street during a discussion.

The events took place on April 14, when a couple was walking through the Ilicitano neighborhood of ‘La Puñal’ and an acquaintance began to compliment the woman.

It was then that, after reprimanding the victim for his attitude, the acquaintance bit him, leaving him needing three stitches, according to police sources.

Tara Rippin
Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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