Murcia bans lorries from city


WITH RECENT terror attacks involving heavy goods vehicles in London, Stockholm and last year in Nice, still making headlines around the world, Spanish police are on high alert to similar incidents in their cities and towns.

Semana Santa, the Spanish Easter is perhaps the biggest festival of the year in the country, with processions taking place almost daily in most towns.

Security has been deliberately tightened in the run up to the holiday period, particularly in the larger cities and Murcia City is no exception.

This week Murcia issued a complete ban on vehicles above 3500 kilos entering the city centre, where the traditional Easter processions occur.

Access will be denied by a series of pPolice blockades formed along roads in and out of the city wide enough to take the larger lorries and the ban will continue throughout the Semana Santa festivities.

Other cities have taken the same measures including Madrid, Sevilla and Malaga, with extra Police drafted in, police officer’s holiday leave cancelled, extra CCTV in strategic zones, enhanced police presence at the processions and more random police checks on arterial and minor roads around the major city centres.

Police are hoping the extra security measures won’t stop people enjoying Easter, but will make them feel more secure whilst taking part in fiesta activities.

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