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A BRITISH woman who was reported missing in Arboleas, an area popular with British expats in southern Spain, has ‘made contact’ with loved ones, a friend has said.

Gemma Louise Jones, 35, from Swansea, was reported missing after she was last seen in El Rincon, Arboleas in a blue Hyundai Atos Prime at 10.30 am on Tuesday, April 17.

But after pictures of her were shared over social media, a friend close to search has confirmed to the Euro Weekly News that Gemma has ‘made contact’ with those closest to her.

The State Attorney General’s office has reportedly detected ‘serious environmental breaches’ in the case of the La Miel de Nerja ‘illegal’ landfill. 

According to reports, the Environment and Urban Planning department has sent an expert report on the situation to the Court leading the case as part of the Guardia Civil operation surrounding the case, known as operation ‘rubbish.’

The illegal dumping ground, which was reportedly found on a mining gap, had reportedly been used as a landfill site since at least 1998, covers an estimated area of three hectares and held a volume of waste of more than 802,000 cubic metres of pruning, construction and demolition waste. 

The report from the Environment and Urban Planning department allegedly details that the uncontrolled rubbish dump was located on an old quarry and that there were a series of regulatory noncompliance issues.

Several environmental infringements were found to have affected a number of matters on the site including breaches against mines, waste, water, protected natural space, forest fires and were also a risk to the health of the local population.

In June last year, it was revealed that local businessmen and even public officials including current Mayor Rosa and her predecessor Jose Alberto Amijo, had been implicated in the operation as 40 people were investigated by the Guardia Civil; of which 12 were arrested.  

Those arrested have been charged with alleged crimes of forgery and fraud, in relation to the dumping ground which reportedly covered a staggering 36,000 square metres by the end of 2016.

It has since been reportedly confirmed by Guardia Civil officers that the landfill was exploited for more than 15 years while it was managed economically by a group of construction companies in Nerja that failed to comply with administrative regulations. 


A WHISTLEBLOWER facing a 5-year prison sentence for economic espionage in Switzerland has been temporarily released by Spanish authorities while a judge decides whether to extradite him or not.

Herve Falciani, a former employee at a subsidiary of HSBC bank, was arrested by Spanish police on Wednesday following several years of Swiss authorities attempting to detain him.

According to reports, a Swiss court ruled in 2015 that Falciani had illegally leaked a large amount of account information that lead to a worldwide spate of tax evasion probes, while he was also convicted of illegally obtaining data and breaching bank secrecy and business confidentiality.

Falciani has now been released from custody by a National Court judge, who reportedly took his passport while also placing him under police surveillance.

The 46-year-old has been accused by Anti-corruption activists of whistleblowing more than 100,000 records, allegedly detailing accounts worth more than €81 million ($100 million), on HSBC private bank clients leading to several investigations of alleged tax-dodging cases in a number of countries

Press allegedly first reported the leaked data in 2008 before Falciani later released the information to French tax authorites who shared it with Spain and other governments, with Falciani moving to Spain to co-operate with prosecutors.

His arrest in Spain this week comes almost two years after he was given his final conviction by the Swiss courts.

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy has suffered a fractured leg after crashing into a parked car while driving a 1,000cc Kawasaki motorcycle.

In the bizarre event which happened in Son Ferriol, the child had reportedly driven the powerful Japanese motorbike for 90 metres before crashing into a parked car and fracturing his leg.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the child alone and badly injured next to the motorcycle, with a witness reportedly claiming that she had seen the child riding alone.

After a police investigation into the event, it was confirmed that the 1,000cc motorcycle belonged to the child’s cousin, who had left the vehicle on  the street close to his house while he returned home to retrieve his helmet.

Officers also discovered during a reconstruction of the incident, that the boy was tall enough to get on to the vehicle by his own means and did in fact ride the bike alone. 

It has also been reported that the child had been on the bike before, riding regularly alongside with his cousin.

KIRSTY MAXWELL may have been the victim of mistaken identity, it has been claimed.

27-year-old Kirst plummeted to her death from a tenth floor apartment balcony in Benidorm in April last year.

Her family feared that she may have been fleeing a sex attack when she fell, but an unnamed source has now claimed that she may have been mistaken for a mystery hotel guest who has yet to be traced.

According to UK media reports, the unknown woman was staying a few rooms along from the balcony room where Kirsty plunged to her death, but despite a public appeal to find the woman, led by Kirsty’s husband Adam in August, she is yet to come forward.

The source told British media: “We know there was this girl staying in room 10A.

“She wasn’t interviewed by police and still hasn’t come forward despite huge appeals for her. There is the possibility that Kirsty was mistaken for this woman.”

The fears reportedly came after former police officer David Swindle, who has been looking into the incident on behalf of Kirsty’s family, spoke of his concerns that CCTV clips from the hotel may have been erased. 

He told British media: “We’ve been asking the owners My Pretty Payma for access to the hotel and CCTV footage but they’ve not been cooperative at all.

“There are strong indications video footage may have been destroyed.”

RYANAIR has revealed that it has a 67 per cent average pay gap between men and women.

Just eight of Ryanair’s 554 UK pilots are women, with the majority of Ryanair’s female UK workforce employed as cabin crew (405 of 586), according to the company’s Gender Pay Report, which also showed that women’s median hourly rate is a staggering 71.8 per cent lower than men’s, while the mean stands at 67 per cent.

The Irish airline has reportedly not taken its management and administration into account, as they are based in Ireland, in the report, which focuses solely on UK employees excluding Northern Ireland.

As a result of the figures, it means that when comparing median hourly rates, women working for Ryanair in the UK earn 28p for every £1 that men earn, while when comparing the mean hourly rates – 67 per cent difference - it increases slightly to 33p for every £1 then men earn.

As part of their Gender Pay Report, the airline stated: “Ryanair is an equal pay employer and we are proud of the thousands of professional men and women who work hard to deliver great service and Europe’s lowest fares to our customers.

“Like all airlines, our gender pay in the UK is materially affected by the relatively low numbers of female pilots in the aviation industry.

“In Ryanair’s case, our management and administration are based largely in Ireland, so the vast majority of our UK based colleagues are pilots or cabin crew.

“In recent years, the number of female pilots applying to Ryanair has increased and we are committed to developing this welcome trend.”

The news comes ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for employers across the UK with more than 250 employees required to publish data regarding their gender pay gap.

THE region of Valencia has reportedly suffered significant production losses in fruit crops across thousands of hectares of farmland due to the recent poor weather conditions.

According to the State Agency of Meteorology, areas such as Alicante Province have suffered their coldest start to spring since 1949, leading to frosts affecting fruit crops in the region.

And according to the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA), the bad weather has reportedly led to an estimated affected area of 7,500 hectares of farmland leading to a likely loss of more than €35 million.

AVA-ASAJA President Cristóbal Aguado told local media: “The cold arrived at a particularly delicate time because after a relatively warm and dry winter many fruits were already in an advanced state of production.

“For many farmers, the season had already begun and this will have very negative repercussions for their work and towns which rely upon agriculture as their primary source of income.”

AVA-ASAJA has reportedly also estimated that this year’s persimmon harvest could be close to 10 per cent less than last year as a result of the poor weather.

SPAIN face a tough double header in their penultimate round of friendly fixtures ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

La Roja will head to current world champions Germany tonight (Friday), before hosting the Germans’ final opponents in 2014, Argentina, at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Tuesday.

Spain go into the matches in good spirits having not lost a match since the 2016 European Championships, but will be without front man Alvaro Morata after the Chelsea striker was left out by Julen Lopetegui. 

The 25-year-old, who has struggled since his €85.7 million (£75 million) move from Real Madrid, got his first goal of 2018 in the 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester on Sunday but has been replaced by rejuvenated former Chelsea man Diego Costa. There were also first time call-ups for Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, Valencia playmaker Dani Parejo and Villarreal’s Rodri.

Speaking to English media, Lopetegui was adamant that his final selection for the World Cup was far from made, but was full of praise for the newcomers in his side.

He said: “There are players who are not on the list whose chances of going to the World Cup are intact.

“We’ve now got two exciting matches against two great sides and after that everyone will have their chances. The fact players haven’t been called is down to various things; form, injuries and also to see new players better.”

“We felt it was the right time for them to come in and take a look at them.

“We like (Rodri) a lot. He’s very young but he’s ready. We’ve liked watching him a lot, the reports from his club and the under-21’s are excellent and we thought it was a good time to see him closer.” 

Elsewhere, England will hope to secure two victories in their penultimate double header.

England boss Southgate’s side will be without key man Harry Kane after he was ruled out until April, as they head to the Netherlands later this evening (Friday) ahead of hosting Italy at Wembley on Tuesday. 

Southgate has handed a place in the squad to three uncapped players ahead of the fixtures, all looking to state their claim for a place on the plane to the World Cup.

Burnley duo Nick Pope and James Tarkowski receive their first call-ups on the back of the club’s good form this season, alongside Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson. Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has been called up for the second time after he was originally called up for the 0-0 draw with Brazil in November.

There are also recalls for Arsenal pair Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, while West Brom’s Jake Livermore also retains his place in spite of his club side’s poor form this season.

West Ham’s Joe Hart also retains his place in the three lions’ squad despite several high profile mistakes for the struggling Londoners this season, while high profile absentees include Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

Other fixtures will see Argentina play Italy tomorrow (Friday) as well as Russia against Brazil and France take on Colombia before Portugal face the Netherlands on Monday and Germany host Brazil on Tuesday.

LIVERPOOL have been drawn against Manchester City in an all English tie in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The sides have already met twice this season, with Liverpool inflicting City’s only Premier League loss of the season courtesy of a 4-3 win at Anfield in January, after City had destroyed the Merseysiders 5-0 at the Etihad in September.

In doing so, Liverpool became just one of four sides to beat Manchester City this season, alongside League One side Wigan, Basel and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Elsewhere, holders Real Madrid have been drawn against Juventus in a replay of last season’s final.

Real came out 4-1 winners on the night as they secured heir 12th title and are looking to secure a record 13th and third consecutive Champions League title after a disappointing domestic campaign.

Five-time champions Barcelona have been drawn against Roma, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2008, while Sevilla have been drawn against Bayern Munich in the other quarter finals.

The first legs of the quarter finals will take place on April 3, with Juventus against Madrid and Sevilla vs Bayern Munich and April 4, Barcelona v Roma and Liverpool v Manchester City ahead of the return legs on April 10 and 11.

In the Europa League, Arsenal avoided Atletico Madrid as they were drawn against Russian outfit CSKA Moscow

Boss Arsene Wenger had said before the draw that they were keen to avoid ‘favourites’ Atletico, but have been awarded with a trip to Russia instead.

The Gunners will host the 2005 winners at the Emirates at the beginning of April, before heading to Russia the following week for the second leg.

Elsewhere, the other quarter-finals will see an Iberian battle as two-time champions Atletico Madrid face Portugal’s Sporting CP, while RB Leipzig are up against Olympique de Marseille and Lazio take on Salzburg,

First leg ties will be played on April 5, before the return leg is scheduled for April 12.

A WOMAN has been arrested in Murcia on suspicion of abducting her own daughter.

According to reports, the grandmother of a child reported to police that her granddaughter had been snatched from her lap while she was waiting at the San Anton medical centre.

When officers arrived at the scene, the woman was allegedly in a clear state of shock and eye-witnesses claimed that it had been the mother of the child who had taken the young girl, who was her son’s ex-partner.

After she had described the vehicle used to get away, police alerted all officers in the vicinity of a potential kidnapping.

National Police were quickly able to locate the woman, who was travelling with three other people close to the child, and all four were arrested.

Spanish media have reported that the child’s parents, both members of the military, are currently in the middle of a custody battle.

The child’s father, who she is believed to be currently living with, had been away in Galicia for a training course and had left her under the care of his mother when the incident occurred. 

However the woman, who has another son from a previous relationship, claims that the child should be staying with her. 

And sources close to the woman have reportedly told Spanish media outlets that the girl is supposed to be living with her mother in Cartagena but the father failed to return her following one of her summer visits.

The matter will be clarified at a family court at a later date.

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