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Luxury Chalet Marijuana Farm Dismantled in Elche, Spain

In Elche, Alicante, Spanish National Police have successfully dismantled an indoor marijuana growing operation located within a luxury chalet. The operation, initiated after local residents reported a persistent odour and the sound of air conditioning units at night, led to the seizure of 300 flowering marijuana plants, 30 kilograms of vacuum-packed marijuana buds ready for distribution, cultivation kits for hallucinogenic mushrooms, and 12,000 euros in cash. The increase in electrical consumption at the premises suggested illegal connections, spurring further investigation. This culminated in the arrest of a 50-year-old man of Lithuanian origin, alleged to have been responsible for the care and guarding of the plantation. He now faces charges of drug trafficking and electricity fraud and has been remanded into custody by the court in Elche.

Man Hospitalised After Rappelling Accident

In the early hours of Sunday, a 41-year-old man suffered a rappelling accident in the area of La Aparecida, Orihuela. The Centre for Emergency Information and Coordination (CICU) received a call about the accident around 12:00. A response team, including a helicopter from the Provincial Fire Consortium, was quickly mobilised to the scene. The man, who sustained an ankle fracture during the fall, was promptly transported by Basic Life Support to Vega Baja Hospital for treatment. This incident underscores the potential dangers associated with rappelling and the importance of emergency services in providing timely assistance.

Guardamar Residents Campaign for Return of Hospital Transport Service

In Guardamar del Segura, a campaign is underway to collect signatures demanding the restoration of the municipal transport service that connected the town to the Torrevieja University Hospital and was terminated by the City Council on April 1. The service, described as a free line for direct hospital trips benefitting patients and their families, was facilitated by the Red Cross. A spokesman for the campaigners has not dismissed the possibility of staging demonstrations to press for the service’s reinstatement. The opposition Partido Popular has declared its full backing for the citizen-led petition, underscoring the service’s significance to regular users. Several municipal councillors have attributed the withdrawal to a decision by the administration of Ximo Puig, following an inquiry about possibly tendering the service. However, they suggest a simple modification in the activity’s description could allow Mayor Sáez to reactivate it, arguing that it ultimately boils down to a lack of political will. They contend that Mayor Sáez’s motive is purely financial, aiming to save the annual €37,000 cost of running the service, which reportedly catered to approximately 4,500 users annually.

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Albatera

On April 12, 2024, Guardia Civil arrested a 41-year-old man in Albatera, accused of attempting to fatally stab his 33-year-old wife on April 10. Following a distress call to 112 by the victim, law enforcement responded. The victim, now discharged, sustained injuries to her eye, neck, and abdomen. This incident is acknowledged as a case of gender-based violence by authorities. The perpetrator’s capture followed a comprehensive investigation led by Almoradí’s Judicial Police.

CV-95 Road Closure Forces 10,000 Daily Detours Starting April 16

Drivers using the CV-95 to travel between the interior of Vega Baja and Torrevieja – Orihuela Costa will soon face a significant change in their daily commutes. Beginning April 16, due to urgent bridge reconstruction works at Lo Quiles, a 2-kilometer detour will be mandatory through the residential area of San Miguel de Salinas, affecting an average daily traffic of 10,000 vehicles. The detour route will run from the SUS-A roundabout on the CV-95, along Avda Solozabal, to connect back with the CV-95, extending travels by up to two kilometres. The decision to undergo this lengthy closure was made after San Miguel council’s brief announcement, which offered no explanations but attached a map with the alternative route and a message apologising for the inconvenience.

The neighbourhood’s suggestion for a faster, short-term parallel road was dismissed by the council and the contractor, who have instead, opted for a six-month-long closure expected to disrupt daily commutes significantly. The bridge, which has visibly sunken pillars, highlighting the urgency of the reconstruction, has been declared a priority by the regional administration. Pavasal, the company awarded the 2.7 million EUR emergency contract, will be carrying out the reconstruction works. This funding comes after the Neighbourhood Association highlighted the deteriorating condition of the bridge, its walls, and its foundations.

Swedish Fugitive Arrested in Spain for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

A 35-year-old Swedish fugitive, wanted for drug trafficking and money laundering, has been arrested by the National Police in Torrevieja, Spain, following a European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden. The man, previously charged with drug trafficking in Spain, faces a six-year prison sentence in his home country. The arrest was conducted by the Organized Crime Group of Alicante’s Provincial Police Judicial Brigade, acting on information from the International Fugitives Unit. The detainee was intercepted in public and taken to the National Court’s Central Instruction Court for preliminary procedures.

Los Montesinos Hosts 13th Edition of Ruta de la Tapa

The thirteenth edition of the popular Los Montesinos Ruta de la Tapa will be held from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 April. It is being jointly organised by the Council’s Tourism Department and the local bars and restaurants, under the umbrella of the Los Montesinos Hotel and Catering Association. The festival is a most important e…

Alicantinos Selected by Japanese Multinational for AI Energy Efficiency Project

Two professionals from Alicante, architect Vicente Castillo and engineer Sergio Ortiz, have achieved international recognition after being selected by the Japanese multinational company NTT for their innovative project, ‘RL EnergyPlus’. Aimed at exploiting the full potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to en…

Man Arrested for Assaulting Partner in Hospital After Birth

In Elche, Alicante, a man faces judicial proceedings this Friday for allegedly assaulting his partner at Vinalopó Hospital, shortly after she gave birth. The victim, now in the ICU, was injured during an early-morning altercation following a disagreement about their relationship, according to government official Pilar Bernabé and the National Police. The assault involved a hammer and a sharp object, resulting in serious injuries. Police are further investigating the sequence of events and the background of the alleged assault.

Valencia Plans Massive Social Housing Boost in Benidorm

In a significant move to address the housing needs in Benidorm, Alicante, Susana Camarero, the Valencian Deputy Premier and Minister of Social Services, Equality, and Housing, has unveiled plans for the region’s largest social housing project in the last ten years. The initiative will see an investment of €12 million towards the construction of 91 affordable rental apartments as part of the Viu de Comunitat Valenciana plan. This broader strategy aims to bolster the development of 10,000 public housing units during the current legislative term through the utilisation of public land and cooperation between the public and private sectors. During her visit to the scheduled construction site in Benidorm’s Playa de Poniente area, Camarero was accompanied by notable figures including Luís Martínez-Sicluna, Secretary-General of Spain’s Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, and Antonio Pérez, Mayor of Benidorm. The project, besides addressing housing needs, is poised to leverage €4 million from the European Next Generation funds, highlighting a successful collaboration between various levels of governmental and private entities. Once completed, the housing complex will offer units ranging from 50 to 80 square metres, each accompanied by parking and storage facilities, in a 20-storey building designed to accommodate varying family sizes.

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