CHILD PORN ARRESTS
Officers from the National Police have arrested 12 men, all of Spanish nationality, and accused of being involved in a child pornography distribution network. The ages of those detained range from under 30 to over 70, with the majority falling in the 30 to 50 years of age group. Two of those arrested are teachers and two work as monitors. The arrests took place in homes in Alicante, Elda, Ibi, Novelda, Torrevieja and Vila Joiosa, in which “thousands” of files were seized, along with 8 computers, 36 hard drives and other electronic equipment.
ORIHUELA POLICE ACTIONS
The local police have had a busy week dealing with a variety of domestic incidents. On Tuesday they were called to a house in the San Isidro area where a person had requested assistance through the 112 emergency number. They found the victim injured and had to be transferred to hospital, whilst the alleged perpetrator tried to assault the attending officers with a large knife whilst attempting to flee the scene. Later more officers arrested an individual for violating a prohibition issued by the Court of Orihuela, approaching a protected female victim within the 200 metre exclusion zone.
Whilst the National and Regional groups of the Partido Popular are battling to clean up their image, and faced with the difficulties of their Orihuela representatives refusing to vote in an anti-corruption motion, this week has seen Torrevieja fuelling the fire of controversy after the local spokesperson, Joaquín Albaladejo, said that for the Torrevieja group, a similar anti-corruption motion “is not a priority”. The Torrevieja mayor, Eduardo Dolón, defended is colleague, saying that his statement had been taken out of context.
SUPPORT OR GO
Whilst paying a visit to Torrevieja this week, the Regional President of the Partido Popular, Alberto Fabra, has said that “Anyone who disagrees with the anti-corruption vote has to leave the PP”. The comment came in response to the continual growth in support for ousted PP Orihuela President Pepa Ferrando, who has now obtained around 800 votes in support of her reinstatement after leading the refusal to vote in the local plenary meeting.
FREE WIFI IN TORREVIEJA
Torrevieja town hall has announced that free Wi-Fi access will be available in public spaces of the city, as well as the beaches, at a cost of 18,000 euro for the year, and will be provided by local company Televisión Costa Blanca. However, the downside is that users will only be able to access municipal websites and associations, and you will have to use your own data plan to access the internet beyond the local catchment.
The Los Verdes green party of Torrevieja are adding more issues to the long list of problems that the ruling Partido Popular government are failing to deal with at the Municipal Theatre, claiming that the Ministry of Economy and Industry detected serious deficiencies in the low voltage electrical installation in the building, which was issued with an order to remedy the fault, which they considered to be a danger. The deficiencies were detected in the periodic review report submitted by the city of Torrevieja to the Territorial Service of Industry in September, 2012, with corrections required before November of 2013, but the action is allegedly still outstanding. This issue is the latest in a series of problems surrounding the theatre and its safe and legal operation.
The ticket office at Torrevieja´s Municipal Theatre was brought to a standstill this week, as demand for tickets to attend shows as part of this year´s carnival celebration saw unprecedented queues. Many hopeful attendees decided to give up the wait after half an hour of queuing, with municipal sources suggesting that purchasing tickets through the internet may be a better option.
AS ONE DOOR CLOSES
Shoppers who frequented the “Chinese Shop” next to the Orihuela Costa town hall will be disappointed to hear that it has closed down after many years serving the Playa Flamenca area. However, as one store closes its doors, another one opens, as the former Eroski supermarket located on the commonly referred to Old Alicante road in Torrevieja, Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas, will soon open as a megastore selling cost price goods of Chinese origin on 5,000 square metres of retail space with another 7,000 metres parking.
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