Three months ago, Xativa council started to deal with the problem of dog mess on the streets by adopting scientific process to assist in the policing of offenders. This week, the council have reported that with just one patrol per week, they have reduced the problem by 80%, after creating a database of doggy DNA and then matching up what they find on the streets with the dog whose offending owner has failed to clean up after. Each of the DNA tests cost 15 euro, which is charged to the dog owner in addition to a fine. The owners of dogs not on the database don´t get away with it either, as they risk a fine of 400 euro.
PETROL STATION ARREST
Officers from the Guardia Civil arrested the alleged perpetrator of a petrol station robbery in Torrevieja this week. The offence occurred in November when two men wearing hoods entered the petrol filling station in Guardamar del Segura and, after intimidating the attendant, made off with the proceeds of the till, fleeing in a car displaying fake license plates. The detainee, who is of Spanish nationality, is accused of the crimes of robbery and falsification of public documents, and been made available to the court in Torrevieja.
POLICE SCOOTER RISK
A union representing local police officers in Torrevieja has reported that officers are being put under increased risk on account of a number of scooters operated on routine patrols being over 15 years old, and that they lack the mandatory ITV certificates. This news is despite the car park of the Torrevieja police station being full of nearly new cars acquired in September of 2013 at a cost of three quarters of a million euro, most of which spend their entire lives in the parking lot.
SCHOOL BOOK HELP
The department of education in Orihuela has advised that the deadline for eligible applications for families who might need a little financial help with purchasing school text books is getting close. If a family of a child being schooled would like to apply for up to 100 euro towards school books, then it must be done before the 23rd of January. The staff in the Orihuela Costa town hall are able to help in the application and eligibility process, but it must be completed before the deadline.
A giant inflatable ball which was located in the Zenia Boulevard shopping centre, in which visitors could have their photograph taken in exchange for a small donation, has successfully raised 1,946 euro for the none-profit organisation Cruz Roja during the Christmas holiday season.
NO COURT TODAY
The judge presiding over the case relating to the expulsion of Pedro Mancebo and Juan Ignacio López-Bas from the political coalition that led to the failed censure motion in Orihuela has adjourned the hearing on account of the requested documentation not being provided.
PILAR POLICE CHECKS
Local police of Pilar de la Horadada are collaborating with their regional law enforcement colleagues, doubling up patrols on agricultural areas. During 2014, the local police checked almost 400 vehicles in an attempt to crack down on the theft of fruit and vegetables, as well as industrial equipment from the mainly countryside locations.
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