Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell

FLIGHTS between the UK and the EU could cease if a Brexit deal is not agreed according to Philip Hammond.

Speaking to the Treasury Committee, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said: “It’s conceivable there will be no air traffic moving between the EU and the UK on 29 March, 2019.”

Whilst he conceded that such an outcome was unlikely, Hammond confirmed that the British Government was planning for all outcomes on the EU talks.

He cited the need to assess what a realistic worst-case scenario would be for Britain but added that the Treasury has no intention of publishing any plans at present and that it is too early to put a figure on investments required.

The Chancellor believes that mutual self-interest will result in a strong desire on both sides to reach an air traffic agreement.

Ryanair boss Michael O´Leary has made similar predictions regarding UK-EU flights coming to a halt, stating that routes to Europe would be cancelled for months after Brexit unless agreements are made prior to its EU departure. He said:

“There is a real prospect, and we need to deal with this, that there are going to be no flights between the UK and Europe for a period of weeks, months beyond March 2019.

"There is not going to be an interim agreement, there is not going to be a legal basis, we will be cancelling flights, we will be cancelling people’s holidays for summer of 2019.”

A LORRY driver has been charged following a fatal, multi-vehicle crash on the A-7 in Murcia that left five people dead and 12 injured, three of them seriously.

Witnesses said that there was a traffic jam near Sangonera la Seca and that the lorry was travelling at high speed and did not stop.

It hit the rear of the queue and four members of a family from Elche, Alicante were killed in the first car it hit.

Spanish media sources claim that the driver, who has been released on bail and has had his licence suspended, tested positive for cocaine at the scene.

The driver's company issued a statement claiming that the man, from Totana, Murcia, was working within his normal hours and had complied with the regulatory rest periods.

Guardia Civil accident investigators have travelled to Murcia from Madrid in an effort to find out what happened.

A SPANISH journalist was hit in the face with a flag and allegedly insulted whilst reporting on the Cataluñan referendum.

Appropriately-named Laura Catalan, who works for the TV3 television channel, was broadcasting in Barcelona when a Spanish flag on a long pole hit her in the face as insults were hurled at her from.

She appeared annoyed but carried on reporting regardless.

She was not believed to have been injured in the reported incident.

A ‘KNIFE-WIELDING’ Israel supporter was arrested after a pitch invasion in a World Cup qualifying match.

A total of six Israeli fans were detained after they ran onto the pitch following the match which Spain won 1-0.

One of them, allegedly carrying a knife, approached Real Madrid midfielder, Isco, but dropped it before approaching the Spanish international team.

The Israeli Football Association has denied claims the supporter was carrying a knife. 

Spain finished top of the group going through all ten games without a loss and will advance to the finals of the World Cup Russia 2018 tournament.

THE fallout from the illegal independence referendum in Cataluña has prompted the owners of the San Miguel beer brand to temporarily change its headquarters to Malaga.

Cervezas San Miguel SLU´s board of directors stated that it needs to ensure maximum legal certainty for the company.

They have 11 breweries in various autonomous communities across Spain which will all continue to operate.

It is the first Cataluñan company to move its headquarters to Andalucia but joins 27 other companies that have announced that they will move from Cataluña following the illegal referendum result.

Spain’s Minister of Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos, claims the departure of companies from Cataluña is due to the irresponsibility of the Generalitat (Cataluñan government).

He has warned that boycotting Cataluñan products could have an impact on the entire Spanish economy.

The Cataluñan employers' federation, Fomento del Trabajo, has warned that economic insolvency will be risked if the region proceeds with declaring independence.

They have called for responsibility and dialogue between political leaders in a statement where they lamented the serious social and economic situation which the region is currently in due to the political turmoil which has gripped the country.

POLICE have asked for help to find out who shot an endangered Iberian lynx at close-range in Jaen province, Andalucia, Spain.

Agents from Seprona , the Guardia Civil´s animal protection unit, have turned to social media to seek  information after confirming that the animal’s death was no accident.

In a post on Twitter, the Guardia Civil asked: "Do you know who shot a lynx in Sierra Morena?

“Help us to hunt them down. 

“Hunters are usually respectful."

An autopsy confirmed that the female lynx, which weighed 9.5 kilograms and was just over one-year-old, was shot at close range, approximately five to ten metres.

An x-ray revealed more than 100 fragments of lead were inside its body.

The corpse of the endangered species was found in a small hunting ground in Villanueva de la Reina, a municipality in Jaen, and police are taking statements from those associated with the area.

The Andalucian Hunting Federation has condemned the act, they said in a statement: "Those who carry out these types of acts are furtive delinquents.

“The hunter can only be called a hunter when he respects the law and loves the countryside and nature."

The co-operation of hunters has been sought since the beginning of the Iberlince program which has aimed to save the wild cat from the brink of extinction which the species faced at the beginning of the century.

Between 2002 and 2016, 95 lynx deaths were recorded as a result of collisions with vehicles but 25 deaths have been attributed to hunters.

AN INQUEST heard how a young British pharmacist hung herself during a romantic holiday with her boyfriend in Tenerife.

Victoria Smith, 25, from Leyland in Lancashire, told her boyfriend that she would meet him for dinner but was later found hanged from a stone jetty.

The inquest revealed that she was deeply unhappy at work and about to start a new job at a hospital.

Coroner, James Newman, concluded suicide as her cause of death.

He said: “Mental illness is one of the greatest demons of our time. It is such a waste of a very young and promising life.”

The inquest heard that Miss Smith was a bright and bubbly girl who had been out on anti-depressants due to a number of ups and downs over the years.

It was added that she found dealing with customers in her chemist’s job in Wales to be very difficult and had accepted an offer of a job at Royal Preston Hospital.

Miss Smith's parents Alan and Linda Smith, informed the coroner in a statement that their daughter had been prescribed medication due to a number of problems that she was having. They said: “The job in Wales was not what she expected so she came back home but she felt that she had let herself and other people down.

“As a family we reassured her. She started the job at the pharmacy again but it wasn't the job that she wanted.

“The relationship with Matt was blossoming and Vicky had talked about coming off the anti-depressants.

“We asked if it was sensible and she said that she had been forgetting to take them a lot of the time anyway.

“Her attendance at work started to suffer, and she was told by the GP to take some time off work to get her medication stable again.”

Her boyfriend, 31-year-old cycle shop owner, Mr Arkwright, said:“I've always thought that Vicky was a friendly and caring person who could make anyone smile.

“We bought the house together and she was very excited about it.

“Our relationship was strong and happy.

“She sold her horse, and when that happened she was clearly depressed and it was a sad experience for her.

“I knew she was on her medication. She was feeling very down about her job.

“She took the job at the hospital and she was looking forward to it.

“We had a private chat and she felt as though she had the world on her shoulders.

“She was also anxious that we would have to sell the house and thought she was letting me down.

“The next day she was very quiet, and said she just wanted to sit by the pool and read.

“I asked her if she wanted to go for dinner and she said no but that I could go without her.

“I left at about 6.30pm and she said she was right behind me.

“It was the last I saw of her.”

The stone jetty where Miss Smith hung herself was a spot that the pair had visited during the holiday.

FAKE videos and images of the Catalan referendum have emerged on social media.

One photograph of a man with blood gushing down his face was portrayed as having taken place on referendum day when it was actually from 2012 during a mining demonstration.

Another photo from 2012 showing an injured child but it was actually from an attack in Tarragona, on the Costa Dorada.

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Police were also seen attacking a man in a wheelchair in a photograph which turned out to be from an anti-austerity movement in 2011.

Clearer pictures show that it was actually the man behind the disabled person that was being attacked.

Another protest against austerity in 2013 showed firemen cornered by baton-wielding police and was used in an attempt to show the discord in Cataluña in 2017, as though the event had occurred on referendum day.

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In another photograph, a group of civilians were seen struggling against Guardia Civil whilst apparently raising a Catalonian flag above their heads.

The flag was actually superimposed.

A MANILVA expatriate is furious at the lack of aid he has received after flooding to his property cost him €60,000.

Peter Fake, 62, lives in a bungalow in the picturesque Hacienda Guadalupe urbanisation, but his Spanish dream home is being ruined by water damage which rots his furniture and has caused a wall to collapse.

Previous inhabitants did not report any issues but the property was vacant for nine months before the tyre store owner purchased it in 2010. And during that period a neighbour built a wall which has resulted in torrents of water streaming into his bungalow.

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Peter told the Euro Weekly News: “It gushes in through the bedroom, the whole house floods unless I shut the door.

"It can get about 20 centimetres high and the furniture ends up floating, it’s terrible!”

As the seventh owner of the property built in 1984, Peter insists there was no previous water damage. He secured a Mayoral Decree to correct the problem but when he started work, his neighbour filed a police complaint which resulted in a judge ruling against Peter and forcing him to stop.

“The courts are deliberately condemning my property.”

Peter has tried everything to solve the issue but is sick of being passed from pillar-to-post with law firms taking his money and officials neglecting to aid him whilst his costs increase.

He also lives in constant dread of rain. He claims that all that needs to be done is for sufficient drainage to be put in place, diverting the water away from his home, but nobody will answer his plight.

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EIGHT people have been held in Murcia after 290 kilograms of cocaine were found in a shipment of oranges from Brazil.

Two containers of the fruit arrived at Algeciras port, Cadiz, but were deemed unfit for consumption.

Upon closer inspection, customs officials unearthed the narcotics hidden amongst the fruit in 250 camouflaged packages.

Investigators were alerted because the goods were declared unsuitable for sale yet the importing company were preparing to remove them from the port, a move which would cost more than it would provide in returns.

Police believe that the companies have not been acting alone and are connected to large criminal organisations.

They suspect that those detained were in charge of receiving the product in Spain.

Investigations had begun before the finding as both Madrid and Algeciras drug and organised crime departments were aware of the activities of a number of South American companies who attempted to smuggle drugs amidst fruit.

Specialists in this form of smuggling usually leave the illicit substances at the front of a container so that it can be easily removed and a forged seal placed instead but in this case the packages were hidden deep within the container.

The foiled attempt was blasted by police, they said:

"It was a totally ruinous business and lacking any commercial logic.”

More than 3,600 kilograms of cocaine has been seized in Andalucia over the past year, three times more than the amount seized in the whole of 2015.

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