Joe Gerrard

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A FIRE which broke out in the La Virreina area, near Malaga City, this afternoon (Sunday) has been brought under control according to Andalucia’s forest fire prevention body.

Plan INFOCA said on Twitter 27 firefighters, a fire engine, environmental officers, an off-road vehicle and two helicopters were deployed to tackle the blaze. It started in the Las Yeserias area at began at around 2.15pm.

The fire is believed to have been sparked among building materials on Calle Werther. It then spread over the surrounding woodland and shrubbery.

A total of 16 firefighters remained behind after the fire was put out to complete the extinguishing of the flames and cordon the area off.

BARACK OBAMA, the former President of the United States, has met with Spain’s monarch King Felipe in Madrid for a tour around the Reina Sofia art gallery yesterday (Saturday).

Pictures released by the royal family’s Twitter account showed the ex and current heads of state taking in works including Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and several by Salvador Dali.

King Felipe present Obama with a book about the painting, regarded by some as one of the great paintings of the 20th century, as a token of friendship.

Royal sources said the book included a dedication which read in English: “For President Obama, as a testimony of my friendship and affection and in memory of our visit together to the ‘Guerinica’, an eternal icon of the most universal art.”

The visit follows a speech made by the former President at the Summit of Technological Innovation and Circular Economy held in Madrid last Friday.

It also comes as King Felipe travelled with Queen Letizia to the United States last month. Their trip culminated with a meeting between them and President Donald Trump in Washington DC.

FOOTAGE has surfaced on social media which appears to show several police officers clad in riot gear cordoning off Benidorm’s ‘guiri zone’ yesterday (Saturday).

Onlookers watch on as multiple police cars with lights and sirens on are parked on the Calle Mallorca, a street popular with British tourists.

Officers can be seen patrolling up and down the road, diverting traffic and walking with truncheons and riot shields in hand up the street. At one point an officer can be seen pushing an onlooker away as he attempts to film the scene.

The operation is believed to have been launched in connection with last night’s World Cup game which saw England beat Sweden two nil.

Previous victories saw English football fans take to the area also known as Benidorm’s ‘Little England’, with rowdy behaviour often following.

Riot police were previously deployed after England’s victory against Panama.

The operation also comes as City Council officials called time on drunken behaviour and have announced a raft of new measures aimed at curbing what they see as booze-fuelled incidents.

MAGISTRATES at a court in Palma have shelved proceedings against a 36-year-old in court in connection with a glass bottle attack after discovering he was not the defendant.

The man, from Senegal, reportedly repeatedly denied that he was the man set to be tried that day. He was previously arrested after the courts issued a warrant for the detaining of a suspect in connection with an alleged assault with a glass bottle in Magaluf.

The 36-year-old was released but was summoned to appear before the court again last Friday. He continued to insist he was not the defendant and so Judicial Police compared his fingerprints with that of the suspect.

Officers found the 36-year-old shared the same name and nationality as the suspect but the prints showed he was not the suspect.

The man was freed and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the suspect who is nine years older than the 36-year-old.

COAST GUARDS rescued a total of 27 people after they were found in a small boat almost 50 kilometres southwest of Almeria.

The Salvamento Maritimo picked up the eight women and 19 men, including one child, shortly before 7.30pm yesterday (Friday). They are all said to be from sub-Saharan Africa.

They have since been transferred to Almeria’s port, with coast sources having said they were all in good health.

DRINKS venues are set to halt the handing out of free drinks in the area of Benidorm known as ‘Little England’ as part of  wider crackdown on booze-related incidents

The City Council’s decision comes as the area around the Calle Mallorca, also known as the ‘guiri zone’, has seen a surge in alleged alcohol-fuel violence in recent weeks.

Lorenzo Martinez, a local security official, said free drinks offers designed to entice people into venues would now be barred. Police also believe many of those promoting the offers were also using it as a cover to sell drugs, he added.

Martinez said bars, pubs and clubs caught breaking the ban would be slapped with fines.

Riot police were deployed against England fans celebrating after the country beat Panama in the World Cup.

It also follows shooting at a well-known nightclub in the area on Wednesday. Three people were left wounded including a 42-year-old British tourist in what is believed to have been a gang-related feud.

AN IRISHMAN has been arrested at Malaga airport after allegedly attempting to take his children to Belfast under duress.

The Guardia Civil said offices detained the suspect before he was able to board a flight to Belfast with the six and nine-year-olds.

He had also reportedly broken a restraining order which stopped him from making contact with his ex-partner after arriving at her workplace in Mijas.

A police spokesperson said the man was travelling on an Irish passport and that he had dual nationality. The other travel documents were not issued by British authorities, he added.

LOCAL POLICE officers in Palma have come across four people who had fallen asleep in the middle of the road.

The officers found the four young people lying on inflatable mats next to a stop sign on the road running from Pil-lari and s’Aranjassa.

They woke up the group and reportedly warned them they were at risk of being run over before calling a taxi and sending them on their way.

HOLIDAYMAKERS fled the British Square ‘Guiri zone’ area in Benidorm on Wednesday night as a young man was shot.

In what is currently believed to have been a turf war over drug trafficking, a British holidaymaker was caught in the crossfire and shot in the leg.

Police rapidly closed off the area and shortly afterwards arrests were made in both Benidorm and Villajoyosa hospital, where one was attending having been wounded in the battle.

The shooting, which occurred at approximately 11pm, which was initially thought to be a terrorist attack by those at the scene, caused a social media frenzy, quickly being picked up by the British tabloids.

Several witnesses posted of their experiences.  Mark Johnson tweeted: “We are sat on our hotel balcony and heard three shots, two guys running off and a load of lads chasing them with chairs, there are police everywhere.”

Another witness posted: “An altercation started in the main strip, next thing you know there are about 40-50 lads running up the street.  Me and my mum and sister ran into one of the clubs where we heard three to four gunshots. The young lad who was shot, and with his girlfriend, was taken to hospital, there was blood everywhere.”

POLICE are probing the shooting of a 40-year-old man in the Las Lagunas area of Mijas on Spain's Costa del Sol.

The 112 emergency services line said the man was shot on Calle San Dioisioat around 7.55pm yesterday evening (Wednesday).

Personnel including police and ambulances were called out to the area after several locals alerted them to the attack.

Local witnesses reportedly told journalists two men had entered a bar near the town’s Mercadona supermarket, pulled the victim out and shot him. Police have yet to confirm this.

Emergency services said the victim was fired upon several times and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the Costa del Sol Regional Hospital for treatment.

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