Jay Emeny

Jay Emeny

NATIONAL POLICE have confirmed that a rumour of several stolen vans being stolen to be used in a potential terror attack on the Costa del Sol is false.

The message, which has gone viral on Facebook, reads as follows:

“Police have just notified that here on the coast there has been three vans that have been stolen. Might be a terrorist attack.

Message from the police: 

“We have just been advised of 3 vans that have been stolen this morning along the coast, White Mercedes Sprinter reg 5332 HWB, Grey Mec van 2383HLG and White Merc Van M8929 YT, police are treating as possible terrorist and advising against being in packed areas.

“Marbella Torremolinos & Benalmadena have been listed as that's where they were taken from - stay safe”

The National Police confirmed on Twitter that the story was false.

Police have urged users online to only trust information coming from official sources  to avoid hysteria following the terror attacks yesterday.

SIR BRUCE FORSYTH, the veteran entertainer and TV presenter, has died aged 89.

The former Strictly Come Dancing presenter had been sick for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection.

His manager, Ian Wilson, said: ”It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.”

POLICE have published an image of the suspected driver of the van which drove into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas, Barcelona.

The suspect is believed to be Driss Oukabir and was reportedly wearing a white T-shirt with blue stripes. He was reportedly born in Marseille and was living in Girona.

Authorities are also urging people not to upload images of the victims onto social media.

 Images have been uploaded on social media of police arresting the suspected driver:

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©Unidad Nacional Española

A VAN has driven into a crowd of people in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, killing at least 13, among them are children.

At least 20 people have also been injured and the Mossos d’Esquadra have launched a manhunt for the driver, who fled on foot.

Several armed men were reportedly on the loose according to authorities. The Mossos d'Esquadra have confirmed that there are no men holed up in a restaurant but one man is in custody.

The detained has been named as Driss Oukabir. One man has also been shot dead by police.

According to reports in nearby Avenida Diagonal three police officers have been run over by a Ford Focus attempting to skip a stop and search.One officer was injured and it is not yet known if its connected to the attack.

 Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack according to El Pais.

 

MALAGA’S taxi drivers have ended the province-wide strike called over the influx of Cabify cars from other regions.

Union representatives met with the Junta de Andalucia which agreed on placing restrictions on VTC – the license required to transport people for a fee – drivers, but the terms of the agreement will be further discussed in the next meeting in September.

A vote on whether to call off the strike or not went through with 466 in favour and 118 against, with many criticising that not enough of the unions proposals were accepted.

However an estimated €300 a day loss per driver whilst striking during holidays and the Feria de Malaga was putting pressure on representatives to find a quick compromise.

The president of the Andalucian Federation of Self-employed Taxis, Miguel Ruano, said it was “not the solution to all our problems, but we have a good feeling about it.”

There are currently 436 VTC licenses in Malaga, and 2,583 taxis, about one VTC driver for every six taxi drivers, but unions want to return to a 1:30 ratio.

A spokesman for the Junta said that it was “impossible” to reach that figure, but “measures both short and long term” will be put in place to head in a “good direction.”

MALAGA PROVINCE’S taxi drivers have joined the recent strike sparked by the influx of Cabify drivers from other regions.

Thousands were left stranded at the Feria de Malaga on Sunday (August 13) when the snap strike was called. At Malaga airport hundreds were also stuck when the taxis there joined the protest late at night.

Taxi services in Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Manilva, Benahavis and Casares are operating with only half of their drivers. Tensions also threaten to spark protests in other regions of Spain where drivers have voiced their support for the cause.

There have also been reports of clashes at the airport between Cabify and taxi drivers, with witnesses claiming there were physical confrontations.

Union representatives have said the strike will continue indefinitely until “Cabify ceases its activities.”

The president of the Unified Association of Self-employed Taxis of Malaga, Jose Royon, said there “have been a series of agreements with the Council, and we have highlighted that the companies and VTCs – the licence required to transport people for a fee – need to go.”

 He added that he “regrets that the customer is the one suffering” the consequences of the strike at the moment.

A FUGITIVE Irish drug and arms dealer has allegedly been arrested in Tarragona.

A European Detention Order was issued in 2013 after he was believed to have fled to Spain using a fake passport.

He was first found in Malaga in 2016 but managed to escape during a high-speed chase.

In July this year police located who they believed to be the fugitive in a hotel with his family in Salou, Tarragona and is awaiting deportation back to Ireland.

 

TAXI drivers called a snap strike after a high number of Cabify vehicles were seen operating during the Feria de Malaga.

Conflict arose when police were seen letting a large number of vehicles through a road in the Cortijo de Torres area reserved for transport services.

Taxi drivers demanded answers from the mayor, as it was estimated that around 80 Cabify drivers had been sourced in from other regions when only 20 percent of VTC vehicles are allowed to operate outside of their areas.

When talks broke down, they called a snap strike for Malaga City.

Only 290 of the 1,432 taxis are operating, leaving revellers unable to get back from the fair

Malaga Airport is running as normal.

ANTI-TOURIST protesters took to a Barcelona beach to demonstrate against what they claim to be a spike in ‘drunken tourism’.

The Barceloneta neighbourhood has also seen an increase in holiday rentals which according to protesters is forcing residents to find homes elsewhere.

Around 100 people took to the beach with banners saying “My building is not your building” in French and “we don’t want tourists in our buildings”, in English, were placed along the beach.

Anti-tourism groups have been protesting in several regions of Spain against the ‘unsustainable’ growth in tourism Spain has been seeing over the past few years.

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©Fotomovimiento 15M/Facebook

Tourism accounts for an estimated 11 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product.

 

A WORKER died while attempting to connect a food stall to an electricity pylon at the Feria de Malaga.

According to reports the 38-year-old fell off his ladders, an estimated five metres in height, after getting electrocuted by the pylon. There are however conflicting witness statements claiming the man simply fell due to being very overweight.

An autopsy will confirm the cause of death.

A minutes silence was held at midnight on Friday (August  12) by the council, which also sent its condolences to the man’s family.

 

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