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Over 3.7 million Valencians are called to vote


The Minister of Justice, Gabriela Bravo, has provided information about the human and technical operation that the Valencian Government will deploy “to guarantee the safety of all citizens” and to enable them to choose their representatives in the Valencian institutions for the next 4 years “freely”

The Minister expressed special thanks “to the 18,507 individuals who will be part of the polling stations” as presidents and members, for the work they will carry out on election day, 28th May, which she trusts will be held “in peace, freedom, and diversity”. Foreign voters

According to official data, there are 125,664 registered Valencians living outside our borders who will be able to exercise their right to vote tomorrow. Additionally, there are 73,992 foreign citizens residing in the Valencian Community who will also be able to vote. In comparison to the general elections of November 2019, according to the Government Delegation, an additional 166,230 voters have been added to the electoral roll. Deployment of polling stations

In total, 6,169 polling stations will be set up tomorrow in the 542 municipalities of Valencia, which will be dependent on 2,221 polling centres. Additionally, 178 consulates have been made available so that the 125,708 Valencians living abroad can exercise their right to vote. For the 28th of May, 84,957 postal votes have already been registered and received, which will be included in the count at the polling stations. Of these, over half, 48,012, belong to the València constituency.

A moment from Minister Gabriela Bravo’s speech. R.L.V. Over 5,000 civil servants

Over 5,000 civil servants from the Valencian Government have worked and will work to ensure that the election day proceeds “normally” as well as quickly and efficiently. Thus, as informed by Gabriela Bravo, they will be deployed to different polling stations and will gather at the 9 d’Octubre Administrative City to receive the data from the electoral tables and disseminate them through the webpage created by the autonomous administration for this occasion, as well as through a series of free software applications that citizens can download. Opening hours of polling stations: local votes counted first

As is traditional, all polling stations will open their doors at 9 a.m., and voters can cast their votes continuously until 8 p.m. From that moment, they will close their doors to begin the counting process. In these elections, the white ballot papers, the ones for municipal elections, will be counted first, followed by the sepia-coloured ones, for the regional elections to choose the President of the Generalitat. 47% of the candidates are women

For the electoral event on the 28th of May, up to 46 different candidacies have been presented, comprising 1,754 individuals. Among them, 53% are men (933), and 47% are women (821). Processing of data

In these elections, the data collection process will be mainly carried out using tablets. For this purpose, a total of 2,357 devices have been distributed, which will cover 95% of the polling stations.

In municipalities where the use of this technology is not possible, data transmission will be done via telephone to the Information Collection Center at the 9 d’Octubre Administrative City. The Generalitat has also created a specific website (www.resultats2023.gva.es), which will be operational on election day and where real-time results for the regions, provinces, districts, and municipalities can be consulted.

Furthermore, specific and free applications for mobile phones have been made available to the public to enable real-time tracking of the vote count.

Torrential rain forecast for Valencia


The Spanish state meteorological agency, AEMET, forecasts that 60 litres per square meter will fall in just one hour

A dozen provinces will have a risk (yellow) or significant risk (orange alert) on Wednesday due to rain, thunderstorms accompanied by hail, or coastal phenomena, warns AEMET. The agency emphasizes that rainfall in the Valencian Community could be torrential.

In Alicante and Valencia, there will be a significant risk as the rainfall could be torrential. AEMET forecasts an accumulation of 60 litres per square meter in one hour and up to 150 litres per square meter in 12 hours. These two provinces will also have a risk of thunderstorms accompanied by hail. Weather in the rest of Spain

Additionally, there will be a risk (yellow alert) for rainfall and thunderstorms, some accompanied by hail, in Huesca, Zaragoza, Teruel, Cuenca, Girona, Barcelona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The rainfall warning will also affect Ibiza and Formentera.

Meanwhile, La Coruña will have a risk due to coastal phenomena, mainly between Finisterre and Villán, where northeasterly winds of force 7 are expected, meaning between 50 to 61 kilometres per hour.

In general, widespread instability will persist throughout the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, which are under the influence of an extensive low-pressure system, resulting in cloudy skies and convective cloudiness with possible showers and thunderstorms.

During the first half of the day, they may be strong and persistent in the vicinity of Cabo de la Nao and in the southern part of the Valencian Community, and they could also affect areas in the north of Murcia and the Pitiusas. During the second half of the day, showers are more likely in mountainous areas and will intensify in parts of northern Aragon and Catalonia, potentially becoming locally strong with thunderstorms.

Yellow alert issued for Alicante and Valencia


Meteorological instability will begin to be felt especially on the coast of the provinces of Alicante and Valencia, where strong downpours are expected to occur. The warning issued by AEMET estimates that locally very heavy rainfall could be recorded with up to 20mm of accumulated water in one hour. In addition, these downpours may be accompanied by thunderstorms, strong gusts of wind, and lightning. The worst is expected to start tonight.

Although today the sky is expected to be overcast or partly cloudy throughout the Valencian Community, AEMET estimates that the situation will begin to change tonight when a stormy mass enters from the Mediterranean to unleash itself over the regions of Ribera, La Safor, and La Marina. This same instability will also affect the Balearic archipelago, especially the island of Ibiza and the northern part of Mallorca.

The yellow alert for heavy rain will come into effect tonight at 00:00 hours and will end, barring changes in the weather, tomorrow at noon.

The worst is expected for the coastal regions of the provinces of Alicante and Valencia.

Weather in Valencia for the week and weekend

The forecast made by the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) agrees with that made by Mario Picazo. Starting today, the skies will begin to partially cloud over with average temperatures until Thursday when the effects of the storm will start to be felt. It will be then when the much-awaited rain may make an appearance in the city, especially on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Throughout the Valencian Community, the forecast is similar to the expected weather in Valencia. Rainfall and atmospheric instability will affect the entire region, but especially the southern part of the Valencian Community and the province of Alicante. In fact, strong storms are expected in certain areas such as Alcoi and the regions between the province of Valencia and Alicante. The bulk of the rainfall will concentrate in Murcia, parts of Castilla-La Mancha, and especially Andalucia.

National Police Arrest Five in Girona for Massive SMS Bank Data Theft


The National Police have arrested five individuals in Girona who allegedly belonged to a criminal group dedicated to stealing bank data through the sending of mass SMS messages and making purchases in establishments to later resell the products.

The messages requested potential victims to update their account details and directed them to websites that simulated their banking institutions, according to a statement released by the police on Monday.

The agents received “numerous reports” with similar characteristics from various locations in Spain and do not rule out further arrests.

The detainees allegedly made purchases at tobacconists, mobile phone and clothing stores, and department stores, and later resold the products, primarily in establishments in Girona and Salt (Girona).

The police seized around 14,000 euros in cash, about twenty mobile phones and other electronic devices, and arrested the alleged leader—who had previously been arrested for similar offences—and another member while they were making one of the purchases.

The first individual’s partner allegedly attempted to dispose of “all the items that could compromise them”—cash, documents, and electronic devices—upon learning that the man had been arrested.

British toddler drowns in a swimming pool on Spain’s Costa Blanca


AN 18-month-old British boy drowned in a La Nucia villa swimming pool in the Spanish province of Alicante

At approximately 10:00 am, on Friday, May 12, emergency services were alerted that a child had been found in an unconscious state after being pulled out of the water. The Guardia Civil and SAMU paramedics were dispatched to the villa, with an air ambulance on standby to transport the boy to Alicante General Hospital.

La Nucia is a municipality just north of Benidorm and a 15-minute drive inland from the popular resort of Altea.

Despite nearly an hour of resuscitation attempts, the child could not be revived. Local media reported that the boy’s mother and three other children were present at the villa during the incident, but it is unclear whether they were on vacation or residing in La Nucia. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the toddler’s death has been initiated by the Guardia Civil.

A Guardia Civil spokesman said: “This incident is still under investigation but everything so far is pointing to the youngster’s death being a tragic accident.”

Read more: Three-year-old in Torrevieja dies after falling from a balcony

Three-year-old in Torrevieja dies after falling from balcony


A three-year-old child died after falling from a sixth-floor balcony in an area known as Nueva Torrevieja on Tuesday, May 9

According to municipal sources, the tragic accident may have occurred due to a moment of carelessness when the little girl was trying to reach something on a clothesline on the terrace of the apartment. A report from EFE C. Valencia states that the mother of the little girl was in the house taking care of another minor child at the time of the accident.

Emergency services were immediately alerted and received a report of a child lying near a pool in one of the residential areas near Marcelina Street, in the Calas Blancas development of the Vega Baja town.

According to the Center for Information and Coordination of Emergencies (Cicu), witnesses reported at around 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday that a girl was found lying next to a pool, and claimed she may have fallen from the balcony of one of the apartments. Local police and the Guardia Civil, as well as a SAMU unit and another Basic Life Support ambulance, rushed to the scene.

Medical staff tried to resuscitate the child for an hour, but despite their efforts, the girl died upon arrival at the Torrevieja hospital.

Weight loss drugs withdrawn


Several diabetes drugs used by many people to help with weight loss have been withdrawn from sale across Spain

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) has withdrawn from the market several batches of diabetes medicines that contain metformin hydrochloride and have been marketed by different manufacturers.

Specifically, these are the brand’s Metformin VIR 850 mg film-coated tablets EFG, 50 tablets and Metformin Combix 850 mg film-coated tablets EFG, 50 tablets have been withdrawn from the market after the Official Medicines Control Laboratory of the aforementioned organism determined that they did not comply with the specifications regarding the degree of impurity of the preparation.

In the first case, batches S001 with an expiration date of 12/31/2023 and S002 with an expiration date of 12/31/2023 have been withdrawn. In the second, only one batch has been affected by the health alert: M010518. All the units distributed from the affected batches have already been withdrawn from the market and returned to the laboratory of origin.

Prescribed to overweight patients

Metformin is a medication commonly used to treat diabetes, specifically to reduce blood glucose levels to values ​​as normal as possible. This drug is especially useful in prolonged use and in overweight patients with diabetes mellitus II.

Thanks to this medicine, many people achieve maintenance of body weight or even certain decreases in it. Of course, in no case can the drug replace other measures related to lifestyles, such as adjustments in the patient’s diet or regular physical exercise.

It must be emphasized that, as with other medications, metformin is associated with the possibility of certain side effects. For example, in some patients, it can cause diarrhoea, nausea and stomach upset. Also, although less commonly, it can trigger excessive drops in blood sugar if the patient does not eat, if they drink alcohol or if they use some other medication.

Solar Power boosted by EU directive

Two workers install solar panels on a roof in Spain
Two workers install solar panels on a roof in Spain. Image: Vencosan

Solar power in Spain has received a boost after EU negotiators reached a deal to double renewables by 2030

EU member states and members of the European Parliament have agreed to double the production of renewables across the bloc by the end of the decade. Under the provisional deal reached, the share of renewable energy in the EU’s overall energy consumption must be 42.5% by 2030, with an additional “aspirational” 2.5% top-up in a bid to reach 45%.

In 2020, solar capacity in Spain sat at 13.2 gigawatts (GW). By 2030, under current policy and investment plans, that capacity is set to exceed 72 GW – a more than five-fold increase in a decade. And it is not just utility-scale solar that is grabbing the headlines – rooftop solar is also popping up throughout Spain.

One company, in particular, stands out. Vencosan is a Scandinavian-owned company that was brought together by the best experts from the Spanish and Danish energy industries and installs Solar Power systems and more in the Costa Blanca region regularly.

Vencosan has been a consistent, reliable and prominent part of the energy industry since 2005 and has extensive industry experience in all of our branches, from installing air conditioning, heat pump systems and solar panels, to buying and selling electricity in the energy market.

Renewable Energy Directive

The new binding target set in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) is below the 45% requested by MEPs but above member states’ preferred 40%. The new rules, which are part of the Fit for 55 packages presented in the summer of 2021 to speed up the energy transition and slash EU emissions by 55% by 2030, must now be formally approved by member states and the entire European Parliament.

The deal better regulates the use of biomass and recognizes the specific role of nuclear power. The text sets new renewable hydrogen targets for transport and industry, with the target set at 42% for 2030 and 60% by 2035. However, to benefit from the lower target, member states must have met their national contribution to the binding overall EU target of 42.5%.

The deal also plans for accelerating permitting procedures for renewable energy projects to wean the bloc’s dependence on foreign-imported fossil fuels and reach carbon neutrality by mid-century. Member states will designate “renewables acceleration areas” to allow for a simplified and fast-tracked permit-granting process for renewable energy projects.

While the European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the political agreement, NGO coalition CAN Europe branded the targets as “not in line with what scientific evidence is showing us,” and urged member states to work together and surpass a 50% EU renewable energy target by 2030.

Recommended Solar Power installers

Scandinavian-owned Vencosan brings together the very best experts from both the Spanish and Danish energy industries and has been a consistent, reliable and prominent part of the energy industry since 2005 and has vast experience in the industry throughout all its branches, from the installation of air conditioning systems and solar panels to the purchase and sale of electricity on the national electricity exchange market.

Vencosan has offices throughout Spain:

· C/ Islas Baleares 32, 46988 Paterna, Valencia
· C/ Ibiza 10, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga
· Av. Dr. Gregorio Marañón, 68, 03185 Torrevieja, Alicante
· C/ Pietat 28, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona

Call free on- 900 696 888 or via email at: info@vencosan.com

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Spain’s First Private Rocket Launch Set to Make History


PLD Space, a company based in Elche, is set to make history in Europe by launching Miura 1 the continent’s first private rocket

The launch will take place on Wednesday, May 31, at the El Arenosillo Experimentation Centre, located at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Huelva.

The liftoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM and will be streamed live on PLD Space’s YouTube channel. The presentation will be hosted by Sara Poveda, the first employee of PLD Space, and Roberto Palacios, a systems engineer for Miura 5.

According to a statement from PLD Space, the primary objective of the first experimental flight with Miura 1 is to gather a substantial amount of data to test the design, technology, and processes that will be implemented in the Miura 5 orbital launcher.

PLD Space aims to become the first Spanish company to launch small satellites on commercial flights into space using the Miura 5 rocket.

Since the arrival of Miura 1 in Huelva, PLD Space has conducted numerous tests, both individual and combined, to ensure the proper functioning of the launcher, launch infrastructure, and ground segment.

Emphasizing the significance of every second of the flight, PLD Space considers each moment that Miura 1 spends in the air as a success and a milestone.

The mission’s key objectives include gathering extensive flight data, which will be crucial for identifying potential improvements or modifications for the future Miura 5 orbital launcher.

During the flight, the launcher will aim to achieve microgravity conditions for the payloads on board, which will occur after the engine shutdown event (MECO) and the initiation of the ballistic flight phase.

This inaugural mission will enable PLD Space to test the operation of essential technologies in flight, which has not been possible until now.

Specifically, they will analyze the engine’s thrust profile under flying conditions, study the launcher’s aerodynamic behaviour, monitor the nominal trajectory, assess the nominal behaviour of all subsystems under real conditions, and examine the exposure to actual space conditions.

Orihuela Costa has new high-tech Mercadona supermarket


Mercadona has opened a new supermarket in Orihuela Costa on Calle Turmalina 9 adjacent to the AP7 toll booth

The business has made the decision to close the location at the Los Dolses Shopping Centre and open a new business using the “efficient store” business model. A choice that, in Mercadona’s words, “reinforces excellence in service and optimises the act of purchase” through enhancements that profit customers, employees, and suppliers.

The brand-new supermarket offers a number of innovations. For instance, there will be a “Ready to Eat” section where customers may locate a ready-to-eat service. Instead of using plastic, all of these meals will be served in natural, compostable containers. In addition, the store has a seating area with tables and chairs where Mercadona customers may enjoy the food and beverages they purchase.

From Monday through Saturday, the business will be open continuously from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Additionally, it features a parking space designated for patrons to make it easier for anyone driving to the area to reach the supermarket and make a purchase.

The store includes bigger aisles and a double-glazed entrance to stop draughts. According to Mercadona, the sales area is more than 1,700 square metres and has a “totally renovated design” compared to the prior store model. “Commitment to large open spaces that facilitate the entry of natural light and warm colours in the delimitation of the different environments,” the company has noted.

Both temporary and permanent jobs have been created as a result of the new centre’s construction. 107 vendors took part in the construction phase, and they were in charge of hiring more than 520 workers. Additionally, according to Mercadona, the store already employs 34 individuals who all have “stable and quality employment”.

The store also has a number of measures that have been put in place to improve ergonomics and get rid of overexertion, according to the company, with the goal of making it easier for personnel to perform their everyday jobs. For instance, the Valencia Institute of Biomechanics and Mercadona collaborated to build the new checkout cabinet. Additionally, common employee rest facilities, a dining room with more equipment, and “more spacious and comfortable” lockers have been added.

However, it has chosen to use technology, with the aim of “facilitating self-management” of each supermarket and “speeding up the processes” for the entire chain, electronic gadgets and collaborative tools have been incorporated so that employees can share information from any section of the shop. The checkout queue, scales and the usage of electronic tablets, which take the place of paper to carry out administrative procedures, are only a few examples of the high-tech new gadgets being used in the store.

Due to better thermal and acoustic insulation, Juan Roig’s business has made the decision to take environmental steps to cut “up to 40% energy consumption” in comparison to the traditional store concept. Additionally, for much more effective energy management, the business features an automatic LED lighting system that is controlled by zones and times of day. To further aid in energy savings, 533 solar panels have been installed for photovoltaic use.

Storms and showers forecast for Alicante


Despite the brief respite from rain on Friday and Saturday morning, the rain returned to the province of Alicante on Sunday

Hail has also made a comeback in the Maigmó area, where, according to the Climatology Laboratory of the University of Alicante, a “downpour of rain and hail” exceeding 40 litres per square meter has been recorded.

A downpour of rain and hail at the moment has been reported in Maigmó. The weather station has recorded over 34 litres per square meter today and over 200 litres in the month of May.

The DANA (isolated high-level depression) that has struck the province has come as a “godsend” to the region. The heavy torrential rains have flooded towns and set new records, making this month the wettest in Alicante compared to the same period in previous years. According to the forecasts by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), it is expected to rain throughout the day on Sunday.

In fact, the rains began late in the afternoon on Saturday in various parts of the province. The meteorological agency predicts more widespread storms in Alicante, especially during the early hours of the morning. The yellow alert for rain and storms is in effect until 5 p.m. In the capital city, there is also a possibility of heavy rainfall during the early afternoon hours.

With maximum temperatures ranging from 18 to 23 degrees Celsius and minimums around 15 degrees, which will be lower in inland areas and at higher altitudes, the Aemet forecasts a 100% chance of rain on Sunday.

The coming week will continue to be unstable in Alicante, with rain and overcast skies expected at least until Friday, June 2, when temperatures and conditions are expected to improve.

EasyJet’s Base at Elche Airport Will Boost Seat Capacity by 16%

EasyJet plane takes off from Elche airport in Alicante ,Spain
An EasyJet plane takes off from Elche airport in Alicante ,Spain. image: Twitter

Starting in spring 2024, the British low-cost airline EasyJet plans to establish a seasonal base at Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández airport

By introducing three new Airbus A320 family planes, they will increase seat availability by 16% compared to this summer. This move marks EasyJet’s fourth base in Spain and is expected to raise the number of seats offered to 1.62 million next summers, up from the 1.4 million offered in the current season. The company will provide eleven routes to various European destinations from Alicante.

According to Javier Gándara, EasyJet’s General Director for southern Europe, this development will create approximately one hundred jobs and demonstrates the airline’s commitment to Spain’s growing market. Gándara emphasized Alicante’s appeal to customers and the potential for expanding operations in the country, considering the region’s increased route capacity in recent years. Establishing a base in Alicante allows EasyJet to enhance connectivity and bring the city closer to popular European destinations, strengthening its presence in the international air and tourism sectors.

Gándara also emphasized that this announcement reaffirms EasyJet’s commitment to Spain and the seasonal base model, which strengthens existing markets and creates new travel opportunities based on customer demand. Additionally, it contributes to local employment during a crucial season. Alicante will join Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, and Malaga as strategic summer destinations with seasonal bases for the airline.

Since EasyJet began operating in Alicante in 1999, initially connecting the city with London Stansted, the airline has transported 27.5 million passengers to and from Alicante.

Elche Airport, located in Alicante, Spain, is a bustling hub that serves as a gateway to the beautiful Costa Blanca region.

Officially known as Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport, it is a key transportation hub that connects travellers to various national and international destinations.

With its strategic location on the southeastern coast of Spain, Elche Airport plays a vital role in facilitating tourism and business activities in the region.

It is conveniently situated just 9 kilometres southwest of Alicante city centre, making it easily accessible for both local residents and tourists.

Elche Airport boasts modern facilities and services, ensuring a smooth and efficient travel experience for passengers. It has a range of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and car rental services, providing travellers with convenience and comfort during their journey.

As a major hub for low-cost carriers, Elche Airport offers a wide range of domestic and international flights. It serves as a base for several airlines, including the renowned British airline EasyJet. This further enhances its connectivity and accessibility, allowing travellers to explore various European destinations conveniently and affordably.

The airport has witnessed significant growth in recent years, handling millions of passengers annually. Its expansion and development have been fueled by the increasing popularity of Alicante and the surrounding coastal areas as tourist destinations. The region’s pleasant Mediterranean climate, stunning beaches, and rich cultural heritage make it a desirable vacation spot for travellers from around the world.

In addition to serving leisure travellers, Elche Airport also caters to business travellers and plays a crucial role in promoting trade and commerce in the region. It serves as a vital transportation link for professionals attending conferences, meetings, and other business-related activities.

Elche Airport’s continuous efforts to improve its infrastructure and services have contributed to its success and popularity among travellers. The airport’s commitment to providing efficient operations, excellent customer service, and a pleasant travel experience has earned it a reputation as a reliable and convenient air travel hub.

Orange storm alert issued for Alicante


Aemet has issued an Orange storm alert for Alicante on Tuesday and Wednesday with rainfall that could produce up to 100 l/m²

Storm DANA will punish the province this week with rainfall that could drop up to 100 l/m2. This has been announced by the State Meteorology Agency (Aemet), which has activated the orange alert on the southern and inland coast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to Aemet, there is a high probability -from 40 to 70%- that locally very strong downpours can occur on the southern and inland coasts that could leave up to 40 l/m2 in 1 hour. The time interval in which the greatest rainfall is expected is between 4.0pm to 12 midnight.

At the moment, on the north coast, the yellow warning is maintained due to possible accumulations of 30 l/m2 in 1 hour. 

Heavy Rainfall Hits Alicante Province, Onil and Castalla Most Affected

Over the past week, a significant portion of the province of Alicante experienced rainfall. The municipality of Onil recorded the highest precipitation with 39.2 litres per square meter, followed closely by Castalla with 38 l/m2. These measurements were collected until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The meteorological phenomenon responsible for these disturbances is known as a cold drop or DANA. It occurs when a mass of cold air encounters a warm air current, resulting in significant atmospheric disruptions, as described by the academic dictionary.

This weather system, currently impacting Alicante province, is expected to move south towards the Strait and the Alborán Sea, coinciding with the formation of a low-pressure system that will drive easterly winds towards the southeast of the peninsula. Until then, intermittent showers will persist, as seen in some areas of the province on Monday, May 22.

‘Looky-Looky’ not so Lucky Lucky as police in Alicante destroy thousands of fake goods


On May 17th, following numerous complaints from neighbourhood associations, a joint operation was carried out by the National Police and the Local Police in Alicante to address the issue of illegal street vendors in the Colonia Requena neighbourhood in the northern area of Alicante.

In recent weeks, residents had been filing complaints about the illegal street sale of second-hand clothing taking place in the streets of the mentioned neighbourhood.

Some citizens said they were unable to walk safely on the sidewalks due to the presence of these street vendors, which was particularly problematic for older people or those with reduced mobility. The operation took place at 7:00 PM and involved officers from the GOR unit of the North District Police Station, the UPR unit of the Provincial Police Station, and officers from the GOIR, USEC, and Barrios units of the Local Police.

In the end, approximately 50 individuals were identified, and three containers of clothing being sold illegally on Cuarzo Street in the neighbourhood were confiscated by the police.

The clothing was removed by the police and taken to the landfill by the UTE Alicante cleaning company in three containers.

Sisters stashed stolen supermarket items in buggy


Two sisters, aged 29 and 52, are the main suspects in Operation ‘Conesma’ and are accused of 45 crimes committed in establishments in Alicante, Valencia, and Castellón. A third woman remains under investigation.

The sisters- both of Spanish nationality- allegedly used an empty baby stroller as their means to enter supermarkets. However, upon leaving, the stroller would be filled with concealed food products. Police believe that this practice, dubbed Operation ‘Conesma’, has been carried out by the women on at least 43 occasions.

The operation began with a report from the manager of a supermarket chain, where the women had stolen products valued at €427.91. Months later, a similar report was filed at the same supermarket, along with new offences committed in supermarkets in the towns of Picassent and Alcásser.

After being interviewed by Guardia Civil officers, it was discovered that the same individuals had committed similar acts between January 2022 and March 2023 in supermarkets across various towns in the provinces of Valencia, Alicante, and Castellón. On two occasions, when caught with stolen products, the detainees used physical and verbal violence against the store employees to avoid being detained.

It was in Valencia where the Guardia Civil apprehended them, and thereby accused the pair of a total of 45 crimes—43 thefts and 2 robberies with violence and/or intimidation—committed in supermarkets throughout the Valencian Community, as reported by the law enforcement agency. The detainees concealed the stolen products inside the baby stroller and then quickly exited the premises without going through the checkout line or paying for the items.

A third woman is under investigation. Surveillance footage shows that the culprits were always the same: two women with their hair tied up, one younger and the other older, with one of them pushing a baby stroller in which they concealed the stolen products. In some of the footage, a third woman, also young, appeared but did not match the previous two.

After an extensive investigation, which involved reviewing security camera footage and gathering various reports and statements, the identities of the individuals in the footage were established—they were sisters. Following appropriate measures to identify the third woman, it was determined that she was another sister of the detainees.

As a result of the operation, two women, aged 29 and 52, were arrested, and another woman, aged 32- of the same nationality- was investigated. In total, 43 thefts and 2 robberies with violence or intimidation, occurring between January 2022 and March 2023 in various towns in the provinces of Valencia, Alicante, and Castellón, have been resolved. The case has been forwarded to the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 in Picassent.

Elche Street Market Festival postponed over storm risk


The Elx Street Food Market festival, which was scheduled to take place this weekend at Paseo de la Estación, has been postponed due to the forecast of heavy rain for this weekend.

It will finally be held next weekend, specifically on the 26th, 27th, and 28th, in the same location with a few changes to the program, which will be confirmed in the coming days. Below is a video of last year’s event.

“The important thing is to ensure that the event takes place under the best conditions and guarantee the safety of everyone, especially considering the forecast of very adverse weather conditions,” said Felip Sànchez, the Councilor for Commerce.

This year it will have the presence of 14 food trucks, restaurant-vehicles, which will offer all attendees national and international food from the United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Thailand or Mexico among many other countries represented by these kitchens with wheels that will offer their dishes at prices that will oscillate between 2 and 10 euros.

The event is free admission and will also have a market with 18 stalls for crafts and jewellery. There will be a dedicated space for illustration art and a children’s stage with magic shows and animation. There will also be concerts: El Diluvi, The Liverpool Band, and El Jose will perform on Friday, May 19; Billy Boom Band, Xeco Rojo, and Javier Ojeda from Danza Invisible on Saturday, May 20; and all these concerts will be accompanied before and after by DJ Adriasola’s performance.

The fair is divided into three interconnected areas with different stages: the first is the market area, which will have 18 market stalls; the second is the food truck area, which focuses on quality food rather than fast food; and the last is the concert area, featuring acts like El Diluvi or Javier Ojeda from Danza Invisible.

In “Elx Street Food Market,” in addition to the food trucks and concerts, there will be storytelling sessions, comedy shows, and face painting for children, as well as activities for adults such as live illustration and design demonstrations or book signings with authors from the literary collective Letra Violeta.

The opening hours of “Elx Street Market” will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, and at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.

Woman with Multiple Identities Arrested for Theft in Spain’s Costa Blanca


A woman, who had three different identities to evade the authorities, has been apprehended in Alicante, Spain. She was wanted by 11 courts in various provinces, including Málaga, for her involvement in thefts targeting elderly victims through affectionate hugs.

In fact, this wasn’t her first encounter with the police, as she had been detained numerous times for similar offences. However, her criminal record extended beyond petty theft, with arrest warrants issued against her in Marbella, Vélez-Málaga, and Cádiz for property crimes committed between 2018 and 2020. Despite years on the run, the fugitive has been caught again.

Modus Operandi of the Thieves

Authorities have discovered that a group of thieves operates within the province, primarily in the Costa del Sol area. These criminals, predominantly women, blend in with the crowd by dressing like tourists. They target unsuspecting individuals, often tourists, in popular locations such as the historic centre and the vicinity of the Malaga port. The thieves employ a common tactic: one of them approaches a foreigner and skillfully opens the backpack on their back. They then extract the wallet, usually containing a significant amount of cash. Tourists, reluctant to file complaints, become easy targets for these delinquents, who seek to ensure their impunity.

Ongoing Theft Problem and Lack of Strategy

According to police sources, thefts in the historic centre, particularly in Plaza de la Marina, Plaza de la Aduana, Granada Street, and the surroundings of the Cathedral, occur continuously. Despite the frequency of these incidents, there is a lack of strategic planning to eradicate or at least control this phenomenon, as was done in the past with violent flower sellers. Administrative measures were taken against them, resulting in their disappearance due to significant interest and the serious approach taken by the authorities.

Detentions and Techniques

Local police, equipped with an extensive network of informants, have made multiple arrests of these thieves. For instance, in November of last year, a patrol of the Investigation and Protection Group (GIP) detained six women, aged between 18 and 42, within an hour for stealing from tourists in the centre of Malaga. In one case, the police officers recognized four repeat offenders, and one of them relinquished the stolen items upon realizing their presence. In another instance, two women, aged 20 and 45, were observed following a man with a bag. One of the thieves concealed her hand with clothing while the other acted as a lookout. When they noticed the police, they swiftly discarded the stolen items in a planter.

In addition to the backpack technique, another method employed by these thieves is the “affectionate hug.” Although less frequent, it has resulted in detentions. Typically, Romanian women seek out older men, giving them a hug or two while removing their chains or watches. These criminals operate across Europe but appear infrequently in Spain.

Evolution of Criminal Behavior and New Tactics

Local criminals have moved away from theft and robbery in the centre of Malaga, either due to increased police attention or because they have turned to other criminal activities. At the same time, the techniques employed by the thieves continue to evolve. In addition to traditional methods, investigators have identified a tactic known as the “stain.” This involves intentionally pouring a viscous substance, similar in appearance to bird excrement, on the victim. The perpetrator then offers assistance in cleaning the stain, which provides an opportunity to steal the victim’s bank cards and money.

Alicante and Valencia airports record their best April ever


The airports of Alicante and Valencia have recorded their best April ever. Specifically, Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernandez has reached 1,435,274 passengers, while Manises has received 863,541 travellers in the fourth month of the year. In the case of the Alicante airport, the more than 1.4 million passengers in April represent a 7 percent increase compared to travellers in the same month in 2019 and a 19.5 percent increase compared to the same period in 2022, according to Aena in a statement.

Of the total number of passengers registered in April, 1,433,078 were commercial passengers, of which 1,239,992 travelled on international flights, resulting in a 4.3 percent increase compared to April 2019 and a 20.2 percent increase compared to 2022. Meanwhile, 193,086 took domestic flights, a 26.7 percent increase from before the pandemic and a 14.5 percent increase from last year.

Breaking down the international traffic by nationality, the countries that recorded the most passengers in April 2023 were the United Kingdom, with 502,722 passengers, followed by the Netherlands, with 95,172; Belgium, with 79,550; Norway, with 70,894; Germany, with 69,775, and France, with 67,337 travellers.

Regarding operations, the Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernandez Airport managed a total of 9,252 flights, surpassing the movements of April 2019 by 2 percent and increasing by 9.9 percent compared to the same month in 2022.

As for the figures for the first four months of the year, Alicante Airport managed a total of 4,066,192 passengers during the first four months of the year. This represents a 4.1 percent growth compared to the same period in 2019 and a 31.7 percent increase compared to 2022. In the same vein, in relation to operations, from January to April, a total of 26,756 flights were operated, 97.3 percent of the movements in 2019, and 16.8 percent more than in 2022.

In the case of Valencia Airport, it also closed the best April in its history with 863,541 passengers. With this figure, it has recorded the third-best historical month in absolute terms and represents a 14.8 percent growth compared to the same month in 2019, as well as a 20.6 percent increase compared to the last year 2022.

Of the total number of passengers registered in April, 861,654 were commercial passengers, of which 609,845 travelled on international flights – an 11.4 percent increase compared to April 2019 and a 24.7 percent increase compared to 2022 – while 251,809 did so on domestic flights – a 24.8 percent increase from before the pandemic and an 11.2 percent increase from last year.

Regarding the main origins and destinations of international passengers, the most numerous were those from/to Italy, which totalled 128,895 passengers, followed by France with 74,037 passengers, Germany with 73,637, the United Kingdom with 72,938, the Netherlands with 65,484, and Switzerland with 34,795.

As for operations, Valencia Airport managed a total of 6,967 flights, representing a 6.8 percent increase compared to the movements of April 2019 and surpassing 8.4 percent of those registered in the same month of 2022.

So far in 2023, Valencia Airport has managed a total of 2,711,

Man in Alicante obtained false prescriptions to produce narcotics


A 19-year-old man in Alicante, Spain, repeatedly used fake medical prescriptions to obtain benzodiazepine-type drugs and codeine syrups

A man walks into the pharmacy and presents prescriptions for benzodiazepine-type drugs such as clonazepam and alprazolam and codeine syrups. It is not the first time he has done it and that is why the pharmacist is suspicious since this medication is not common in a 19-year-old boy like him.

This was the beginning of the investigation that led the National Police to the arrest in the city of Alicante of a man who obtained various types of medicines on different occasions using falsified medical prescriptions. The pharmacist himself was the one who reported to the agents that this man appeared periodically at his pharmacy to obtain medicines. Being products for which a prescription is necessary and that are used by many people as recreational drugs, the apothecary found it strange, since it is not usual to prescribe this type of medication to such young people.

In addition, he also found it curious that the prescriptions presented by the young man had been prescribed by a doctor from a clinic located in Madrid, before which he decided to bring these facts to the attention of the Police. fake prescriptions The agents belonging to the Economic and Fiscal Crime Group of the UDEF of Alicante, began an investigation in which they verified that the medical prescriptions presented at the pharmacy by the young man were forged prescriptions, corroborating the pharmacist’s suspicions. In addition, the agents contacted other nearby pharmacies in case the investigator had also acquired medicines in this fraudulent way.

The investigators found two other places where a young man, who matched the characteristics provided by the complainant, had appeared to purchase the same type of medication, although he had not been supplied. At the same time, they managed to contact the doctor who was listed as the prescriber in the falsified prescriptions, who told the agents that he had recently received a visit from the Pharmacy Inspection because of some medicines that were being supplied in different pharmacies whose prescriptions were falsified.

Released awaiting trial Finally, having found all the evidence, the agents began efforts to locate and arrest the alleged perpetrator of the falsification of the prescriptions, who were arrested on charges of document falsification. The 19-year-old detainee was released after a statement was taken from him at the police station, waiting to be summoned to appear in court.


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