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Torrevieja Police seize counterfeit cigarettes

Working with the Guardia Civil, Torrevieja’s Policía Local have seen success in recent days with their seizure of counterfeit cigarettes to the value of € 77,000.

The cigarettes were confiscated from traders working on town centre streets, from which they removed about 3,500 packets of counterfeit brands.

The Policia Local GRO has also been carrying out surveillance on the roads leading into Torrevieja where they have been stopping vehicles carrying counterfeit goods being used to resupply the illegal traders. These operations have resulted in the arrest of 4 people all of whom have been charged will offences relating to the sale of fake goods.

In addition to the tobacco smuggling arrests, several operations have been carried out in the leisure areas of the city, specifically in the pubs and bars of Paseo Juan Aparicio, where illegal Sisha and Hookah products have also been seized.

Customs officers in the region have warned of a recent upsurge of …

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Torrevieja child refugees in Red Cross care

The Red Cross are still investigating the origin of two young children who walked into a Torrevieja Local Police station last week claiming that they had just arrived on board a small boat.

According to the local press the two young boys, thought to be 14 and 16 years of age, were soaking wet and covered in sand when they arrived at the Police Station.  An abandoned Patera rowing boat was later found on Cala Ferris adding credence to their story.

One is said to speak a little French although both are thought to be of Algerian origin.

They were provided with basic health care by the Red Cross as well as blankets and clothing. The youngest, 14, had signs of hypothermia but their health was said to be stable, according to a spokesman.

Once they had been examined by the Red Cross the pair were transferred to Torrevieja University hospital where further health checks were carried out as well as tests to verify their ages.

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Swimmers who flout red flag face €3,000 fine

Jávea Council say that ‘enough is enough’ as bathers continue to flout red flags and in spite of warnings from lifeguards.

The town, with almost 30,000 residents, triples in size during the summer as holidaymakers flock to some of the Costa Blanca’s very best beaches. “Arenal beach is one of their favourites,” said one lifeguard, “but what they don’t’ appreciate are the very strong currents that swirl about under the surface, where invisible undertows can make conditions treacherous, so despite the red warning flags, people say that it still looks very calm and they go into the water.”

This year Spain has seen a 14.66% increase in drowning deaths, with 305 people dying in the water from January to July, according to unofficial figures from the country’s lifeguard association, the RFESS. To combat the problem, various municipalities around Spain have now decided to fine people who disregard safety warnings.

Last year Jávea introduced a €750 fine for…

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