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Fake Football Shirt Vendor Arrested in Benijófar

A 33-year-old Moroccan man who distributed fake football shirts to local markets has been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Benijófar. The hawker was detained after Guardia agents tracked a shipment of the counterfeit sports gear from Alicante-Elche airport before he sold them onto market traders at Guardamar, Torrevieja, and Campoamor. He was charged with possession 700


Pitt was allegedly photographed in the Vega Baja town of Los Montesinos

BY ANDREW ATKINSON reporting from Los Montesinos
BRAD Pitt could yet make Alicante based sleepy town Los Montesinos a stopping-off point in the star actor’s hectic life schedule – along with Angelina Jolie.

Pitt was allegedly photographed in the Vega Baja town of Los Montesinos two years ago, having arrived in Spain by private jet at Murcia, San Javier airport.

Sceptics find it hard to believe that the star-struck couple would settle down in Los Montesinos – but they have an affection for Spain – having also visited Madrid and Casares in recent times.

Pitt was seen dining with daughters Zahara and Shiloh in Madrid, and Brad and Angelina purchased Spanish artwork from an art Gallery in Casares, following a visit in the province of Malaga, Andalusia, purchashing two paintings, painted on glass, one a 16th Century-style female portrait of Isabella.

Los Montesinos, near to Guardamar, La Mata and Torrevieja – amongst other resorts – has similar scenic views as Casares Costa – a beach side strip of residential urbanisations, bars and restaurants.

It is said that Pitt and Jolie are seeking a quiet, relaxing place – such as Los Montesinos – where they were reportedly seen with bodyguards in tow, after driving the short distance from Murcia, to view a huge property worth 1 million plus euros.

Photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their six children were taken in Los Montesinos square, near to the Church, featuring a picturesque bell-tower, when they were in town on vacation – allegedly seeking a property.

Pitt and Jolie reportedly took time looking around Los Montesinos, having arrived in two Mercedes S-class cars along with bodyguards.

And locals in Los Montesinos have revealed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have visited on more than one occasion.

Pitt starred in the film ‘The Councilor’ – a crime movie based around drug importers in Spain.
And Pitt, who shot scenes filming in Monte Pego, reportedly celebrated a colleagues birthday in Fortuna, Murcia, having been looking at property.

Pitt and his family are friends with retired football icon David Beckham and his wife Victoria and their four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

Pitt has told the media that he wanted the former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid star to coach his children football.

Beckham was offered to give Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne personal lessons.

And Beckham who played for Preston North End in 1995, while on loan at Deepdale from Manchester United, aged 19, has said that he would like Pitt to play his character, if a film of his career is made.

As Author of the book: ‘David Beckham-In at the Deep End’, Preston-born Andrew Atkinson, who has featured on VivaTVs ‘Let’s Talk Show’ said: “If Brad Pitt does purchase a property in Los Montesinos, and invites David Beckham over, I will gladly speak to him about Becks’ days at North End.

“David Beckham has always remembered his roots in the game, and his short ‘apprenticeship’ at Preston North End as a teenager in the old third division.”

Andrew added: “Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their family would be a welcome addition to the Vega Baja and Los Montesinos – it would be a perfect ‘Pitt-stop’ in their hectic life schedule.”

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Sports journalist and author Andrew Atkinson at the Sir Tom Finney 'Splash' statue outside Deepdale.

ANDREW Atkinson pays tribute to Preston North End and England football legend SIR TOM FINNEY who died on February 14, aged 91.

SIR Tom Finney was a legend in World football. And it was a privilege to know him personally. I had Sir Tom’s home telephone number. Indeed whenever I contacted Sir Tom he always obliged with my requests.

Sir Tom wrote the Foreword in the book I wrote: ‘David Beckham-In at The Deep End’, the story about Beckham’s loan spell at Preston in 1995. And I recall former England national manager Sir Bobby Robson personally, unexpectedly, phoning me to talk about Finney. After trials at The Lilywhites Finney was signed in 1946 – but he completed a seven years’ plumber apprenticeship – and became known as ‘The Preston Plumber’.

After serving as a desert rat under Montgomery he went on to play for England, earning 76 caps. Called up to the Royal Armoured Corps in 1942, Finney fought in Montgomery’s Eighth Army in Egypt and later in Italy in the final offensive to capture Argenta in April 1945 as a Stuart tank driver in 9th Lancers. Local leave in North Africa allowed him to play in army teams against local opposition – and on one occasion he played against the future actor Omar Sharif.

Finney’s final game for Preston was in 1960, after 433 games and 187 goals. In 1988 Finney was Knighted. England and Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton – who was player and manager at Preston in the seventies – said Finney’s contributions to football were “immeasurable”. And the late Stanley Matthews compared Finney to Diego Maradona, Pelé, George Best and Alfredo Di Stéfano. Bill Shankly, who played with Finney at Preston, said Finney was the best footballer ever.

Gary Lineker said: “Sir Tom Finney has left us. One of the greatest players this country has ever seen, and a true gentleman.” Preston North End said: “Sir Tom was the greatest player to ever play for Preston North End and one of the all time greats for England.

“The thoughts of everyone at the Club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time.” The ‘Splash’ Finney statue outside Deepdale has been made a shrine, with fans placing flowers and shirts in his memory. Against Orient last weekend all the Preston players wore ‘Finney’ on their shirts.

And Preston City Council are in talks with Finney’s family to have a Civic Funeral. Finney’s wife Elsie died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2004. They had two children, Brian, 66, and Barbara, 50. Rest In Peace, Sir Tom. You will be missed by all of us.

The images show……..Sports journalist and author Andrew Atkinson, who has a home in Los Montesinos, pays his respects along with thousands of fans at the Sir Tom Finney ‘Splash’ statue outside Deepdale.

………..The Sir Tom Finney ‘Splash’ statue at Preston North End’s Deepdale stadium where thousands of fans have paid their respects with scarves, flags, shirts, photos, flowers and messages of condolence following his death of February 14, aged 91.

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