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A 14-year-old girl has been seriously injured, after being gored during a bull run in Hellín, Albacete in the Castilla La Mancha region of Spain.

The teenager was stood at the side of the road with a group of friends when the bull attacked and she was gored in both thighs while lying on the ground.

A video posted on social media shows one of the directors of the bull attempting to coax the bull away from the girl with a cape but he was then charged by the bull  tossing him into the air. He suffered broken brones.

Organisers said the girl should not have been standing where she was and the Mayor added, ‘The event complied with all the safety regulations but it was impossible to control all parts of the route or to eliminate recklessness.’

CORONER Peter Brunton has criticised Spanish police at an inquest into the death of father-of-three, Eifion Gwynne, who died after being hit by a car in Spain last autumn. 

Tragically the 41-year-old  rugby player had been  in Malaga attending the funeral of a friend on the Costa del Sol.

At an inquest hearing in Aberystwyth in Wales the family  heard translated reports from Spanish police which stated  how pedestrian Mr Gwynne had been hit by a Fiat Punto driven by Laura Valadez Garcia on a carriageway in the city.

The inquest heard that Mr Gwynne had not been wearing reflective clothing and was walking in the road in the direction of traffic.

Ms Garcia  was said to have been driving at just over 80 km/h (49 mph). She was breathalysed but the test was negative.

Mr Gwynne was taken to Costa Del Sol hospital but died later. The cause of death was given as a number of serious injuries to the upper chest area.

A friend, David Thomas, who had been drinking with Mr Gwynne on the night of the accident described to the inquest  how they had visited various bars and left at 5am.

Mr Thomas gave Mr Gwynne 20 euros for his taxi journey back to his hotel and at that point, Mr Thomas described his friend as “drunk but coherent”.

Mr Thomas had got into a separate taxi as he needed to travel to Malaga Airport to return home, the inquest heard.

Coroner Peter Brunton said Mr Gwynne had been drinking for seven and a half continuous hours, adding he “reserved judgement” on Mr Thomas’ comment that he had been coherent.

However, he went on to say, “Evidence is slim – it’s a shame Spanish police did not take evidence from the bar manager, his friends, and the taxi driver.

“Based on the evidence we have I believe on the balance of probability it was a death by misadventure.

“The difference between that and an accident is that an accident is where there is no human control.

“I express my sympathy to the family. It must have been a dreadful catastrophe to learn what happened.”

Speaking after the hearing Mt Gwynne’s family  said, “It’s what we anticipated. 

“We didn’t learn anything new from the inquest and are disappointed there was no more information from the Spanish authorities."

THE Guardia Civil are investigating the cause of a head trauma discovered on the body of a three-year-old girl who was found on train tracks seven kilometres away from where she went missing in Pizarra

According to reports, Lucia Vivar Hidalgo had a serious head injury. It was at the time of writing unknown if this was the cause of death.

Investigators are considering all posibilities, however the secretary for the Security of the State, Jose Antonio Nieto, has said signs are pointing to an accidental death. The theory is that Lucia fell asleep on the railway line or nearby and was then hit by a train.

"It seems that the accident hypothesis is being considered above the rest," said Nieto

The young girls body, which does not show signs of being run over, has been taken to the Legal Medicine Institute in Malaga for an autopsy.

A Guardia Civil source told El Mundo "what we need to find out now is if the head trauma was caused by an accident, or if it was inflicted on her."

The Guardia Civil, the Local Police of Pizarra and Cártama, Civil Protection members, volunteer firefighters and more than three hundred volunteers were involved in the search last night (July 26) after an urgent appeal for help by the mayor of Pizarra, Felix Lozano.

Search teams were co-ordinated by the town hall while they offered support to the parents too.

The little girl’s body was found the morning after on railway track by a train driver between Pizarra and Alora, some seven kilometres from where she went missing while having dinner with her parents in a restaurant.

Her parents say they last saw her playing with her cousins whilst they were eating and were distracted for just "two minutes" and she had vanished.


MEETING a date for tapas or picking up snacks for the beach? You can now ditch your wallet. The next time you’re getting your café con leche at Starbucks, a new look from Zara, the essentials at El Corte Inglés, or tapas at 100 Montaditos, you’ll be able to pay quickly and easily using just your phone.

Android Pay, the mobile phone payment system  has arrived in Spain.

Android Pay works anywhere contactless payments are accepted, which amounts to over one million stores the country.

And Android Pay isn’t just accepted in stores. Once you’ve set it up, you can speed through checkout online and in apps like Vueling—which means a weekend getaway is only one tap away.

If you’ve got a Visa® or Mastercard debit or credit card with BBVA, you’ll be able to use Android Pay right away.

If you’re a business owner you can accept Android Pay in your stores, websites and apps.

Google's payment system will compete with Apple Pay, which arrived in Spain in December 2016; with Samsung Pay, which launched in June last year and with native applications of operators such as Vodafone Wallet.

Ready to give it a whirl? Download Android Pay on Google Play.

MADRID’S city hall owned public transport company is to hire 220 new maintenance staff after a series of fires in its ageing bus fleet.

So far this year there have been nine incidents with two in the last week.

In the most recent cases a 14-year-old vehicle caught fire on Avenida Cardenal Herrera Oria while a 12-year-old bus caught fire on Calle Velázquez.

There were no injuries or loss of property for passengers on either occasion.

Since 2012 some 45 buses have caught fire, an average of nine per year.  A number that  has already been surpassed this year.

The UGT trade union has generally praised the move but also said it is essential for the city hall to speed up the purchase of new buses. 

The average age of the Madrid bus fleet is currently 8.3 years but plans are in place to reduce this to 6.6 years.

The transport company also plans  to incorporate automatic extinguishers in the whole fleet. Just nine buses currently have such a system fitted.

EMT report the most common causes of the fires are short circuits and problems with the vehicle’s alternator or catalytic converter.

MORE than 200 sheep have plunged to their deaths after one of the flock was attacked by a brown bear and the others panicked and plunged off a 200-metre high cliff in the Pyrenees.

The bodies of  most of the sheep were found the next day at the foot of the cliff in the Spanish village of Lladorre near the Spanish-French border.

Brown bears,  a protected species in Spain,  have been reintroduced to the mountain region over the past three decades after being wiped out by hunters. 

The French government has been engaged in a repopulation programme since the early 1990s and there are now thought to be about 30 brown bears in the region.

The last female brown bear native to the Pyrenees was shot dead by hunters in 2004.

In September last year, the dead body of a brown bear was found with a gunshot wound to the chest in the  Asturias, northern Spain.

FRIENDS of Kelly Jones and Neil Folgate from Albox  who were reported ‘missing’ have revealed they made contact on Saturday night -  ‘safe and embarrassed’ .

The couple’s family had issued an urgent appeal for information to try and locate the pair who had not been seen or heard of since Tuesday afternoon. 

Worried relatives had been calling their phones for several days but  they went unanswered – due to them apparently having  ‘no signal’.

Friends had describe their behaviour as ‘totally out of character’ and said they are were ‘very concerned’ as they would always contact a family member if going away anywhere.

The pair’s disappearance had been reported to the Guardia Civil and the British Consulate.

FRIENDS and family of a couple reported missing from Albox, in the province of Almeria, since Tuesday afternoon have issued an urgent appeal for information to try and locate the pair. 

Kelly Jones and Neil Folgate, who operate in the Albox and Mojacar areas as Total Pools, were last seen heading towards their sign-written van near the Mirador tapas bar by Albox Market by Kelly’s mum, a resident in nearby Arroyo Medina.

Friends describe their behaviour as ‘totally out of character’ and said they are now ‘very concerned’ as they would always contact a family member if going away anywhere.

The couple’s disappearance has been reported to the Guardia Civil and the British Consulate.

The family also has a meeting with the Guardia Civil in Oria this evening to check on the results of their enquiries (Saturday).

More to follow…

JUST 24 hours after Garbiñe Muguruza  became only the second Spanish ladies’ champion at Wimbledon, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, landed the boys’ singles trophy.

The 18-year-old from Malaga beat big-serving Argentinean Axel Geller 7-6(2), 6-3 to become just the second Spanish Junior Wimbledon champion and the first for 50 years after Manuel Orantes won in 1967.

Both players came into the final on the back of big wins after Geller had taken down the No.1 seed Corentin Moutet in the semi-finals and Davidovich Fokina had beaten world No.3 Wu Yibing in the last eight.

Although Davidovich Fokina was the seeded player of the two – and ranked one place higher in the ITF’s junior listings – in many ways it was Geller who stepped onto the No.1 Court as favourite after warming up for Wimbledon with victory at the grass-court junior event in Roehampton last week.

But once the first 12 games were shared it was No.8 seed Davidovich Fokina who raised his level, sprinting into a 4-0 lead in the tie-break before quickly turning that into a 7-2 shootout success.

After taking an injury timeout for a back problem after three games of the second, Geller could only stay with his Spanish opponent until the eighth game when Davidovich Fokina broke for 5-3. Soon afterwards a delicate backhand drop shot sealed the win.
“I'm very happy to be the second [Spanish] junior champion of Wimbledon. I'm in shock,” said the world No.10.
“I was thinking, ‘Okay, I want to win this. I want to show the people who I am, that I want to play tennis, professional tennis. I want to show them what I want to do with my life.’”

EMERGENCY services say that 33 people have been injured when two cars collided on the “Tren de la Mina” roller coaster at Madrid’s Parque de Atracciones, one of Spain's oldest theme parks.

Twenty-seven people needed hospital treatment for minor  injuries including neck, back and stomach pains.

One train carriage, which had just completed the loop, failed to stop and hit the back of another carriage which was waiting to leave.

Riders on the roller coaster can wear virtual reality goggles during the ride to heighten their experience, so riders in the approaching carriage wouldn't have seen the static car ahead of them.

The rollercoaster reaches a height of 17.5 metres and travels at a maximum speed of 35mph, according to the theme park's website.

A spokeswoman for the Parque de Attraciones said that technicians are investigating what went wrong on the ride.

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