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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Virtual Leader Edition 678

Leading this week with the protest by Orihuela Costa Residents over the allocation of budgets by the municipal government. Important news also on action you must take to keep your free healthcare as well as stories from across the Costa Calida and the Vega Baja to keep you fully up to date on events in your neighbourhood.

I sport we have the final preparations from CD Torrevieja and Montesinos as a new season looms as well as regular correspondents ‘Mick the Grip’ Reeves and Mike Probert on local and international Golf……….


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Yacht rescues six people from sinking dinghy

Six people were rescued from an inflatable zódiac dinghy off playa de los Náufragos on Friday. The boat, a recreational craft that is rented to holidaymakers, began to sink for reasons unknown. The six occupants, a 46-year-old man, a woman of 33, two young men aged 18 and two aged just 10 and 12, were able to attract the attention of a passing yacht which then went to their rescue.

The incident took place at about mid day on Friday resulting in the mobilisation of two medical teams who were able to treat the occupants once they reached the shore. All of the victims were treated for bruising and neck pain and subsequently transferred to Torrevieja Hospital.

All of the victims were treated for bruising and neck pain and subsequently transferred to Torrevieja Hospital.

Once the rescued occupants were safe, another Zódiac despatched from the Royal Nautical Club of Torrevieja managed to tow the half sunk boat to the marina.

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Torrevieja lifeguards rescue 56 people in July

The lifesaving and rescue service that man’s Torrevieja’s packed beaches provided assistance on a total of 1,116 occasions during July. Included in those figures is one of cardiorespiratory arrest, in which it was possible to stabilise the affected person, and 56 rescues of bathers from the sea. 

Javier Manzanares, the councillor for Beaches, announced the figure on Friday, saying that 406 people were treated for injuries at the various lifeguard posts with a further 406 nee3ding attention for jellyfish stings and 46 for insect stings.

The high temperatures also took their toll on the beaches, with 22 people treated for sunburn and dehydration.

Other interventions include 35 lost persons of which two were children who were playing in the sea without adult supervision

The day on which most interventions took place was on 30 July when there were 66, and those with the least, the 5th and 7th July with 10 interventions on each day.

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Orihuela Costa Demands Change

Residents turn out in force on Friday in front of the Playa Flamenca Town Hall to demand a better deal for the Orihuela Costa.

Organised by the Association of Residents and Merchants “Movimiento Ciudadano La Zenia” over 200 people took part in a peaceful demonstration in support of “A fair deal for the Orihuela Costa.”

This is the second time that such a demonstration has been held, the previous in July of 2014 when over a hundred of residents protested on the roundabout in front of La Zenia Boulevard, once again demanding better services for the people of the Orihuela Costa.

The banners going up

Friday’s demonstration was held for essentially the same purpose, to once again demand that the City Council recognise the Orihuela Costa and its growing number of residents, particularly when making budget allocations.

Association President, Félix Arenas, said on the Town Hall steps that he was delighted to see such a positive turnout. “Peopl…

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