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UPDATE: Woman ‘missing’ on Spain’s Costa del Sol for seven weeks found safe

BREAKING NEWS – Friday, August 2018 – 6.30pm: ⇒ EXCLUSIVE: Costa del Sol woman ‘missing’ for seven weeks found after Facebook tip-off A DISTRAUGHT family is appealing for help in tracing a woman who has been missing on Costa del Sol for almost seven weeks. Marie McManus, aged 42, used her credit card when she checked […]

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Dementia sufferer held in prison awaiting outcome of partner’s death probe

A COIN court has ruled an 89-year-old dementia sufferer be remanded in custody in connection with the death of his 84-year-old partner at a Malaga Province care home. The judge overseeing the probe said the man should be held in a psychiatric facility but could be jailed if none was available. He has since been […]

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RESERVED: No action yet on Benidorm’s early-morning beach pitches

UNLIKE their almost municipal neighbours 25 kilometres along the coast – Calpe – Benidorm is still reluctant to act against a growing number of people who are leaving empty sun loungers and beach umbrellas along the shoreline. Some have been known to reserve their pitch before sunrise, allowing them a first-class spot on the busy […]

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Island day trippers ‘deceived’ by ‘illegal’ operators in Benidorm claims

THE war of the free excursions has broken out on the beaches of Benidorm. This summer has seen an increase in the number of people attempting to attract tourists to visit the island of Tabarca, and they’re doing everything possible to get them on their trips, even by offering them completely free…almost! From mid-morning, the […]

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€86,000 drugs stash found in Costa Blanca car park

GUARDIA CIVIL officers have arrested a 34-year-old man in San Vicente de Raspeig after being caught with a stash of drugs in his car. According to reports, he had a total of 55 kilos of hashish hidden in the boot and because of the high amount discovered, has immediately been sent to prison pending further […]

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Benidorm… it’s not British – and it’s official!

THE number of UK citizens actually living full time in Benidorm has been steadily falling over the past ten years. The idea that Benidorm is purely a British-dominated municipality cannot be further from the truth, as recent figures show that of the 66,000 registered on the local Padron, only 2,825 are from the UK.  This […]

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ON THE BALL: Costa Blanca police uncover more fake goods including football kits

LOCAL POLICE in Alicante have confiscated more than 1,200 fake items valued at €24,000. The seizure comes after a series of checks on a number of mainly counterfeit football kits and shoes. The two arrests were part of an operation that will continue for the foreseeable future as the authorities’ crackdown on this form of […]

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Prison sentence in UK for former Costa Blanca resident on child sex abuse charges

A BRITISH national that once lived on the Orihuela Costa has been sentenced to eight years and 10 months imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London. David Budd, 72,  pleaded guilty in July after being charged with seven counts of indecent assault and four counts of indecency with four female victims, all of whom were […]

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Britannia rules the tills as Costa Blanca shopkeepers cash in

SHOPKEEPERS and businesses in the Alicante Province were more than delighted to welcome the luxury cruise ship Britannia during her stop on the way to Barcelona from Southampton. During the 10-hours that she remained in port, an estimated 300,000 was spent across the province by the 4,000 passengers.  Around 80 per cent stayed within the […]

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‘Satan’s Haircut’: The Royal British Legion sharpens up for charity

POPPY season will soon be upon us and members of the Coin branch of the Royal British Legion are always looking for new opportunities to raise money. At the monthly branch meeting Poppy Appeal officer George Chaney was delighted to hear that Susan Skinner had persuaded her husband Stanley Skinner to have his hair cut […]

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WATCH: High speed boat chase on the Costa del Sol

A DRUG smugglers’ launch escaped to the waters of Morocco after a dramatic high-speed chase across the Straits of Gibraltar. The Guardia Civil tried to intercept the smuggler’s boat as it approached Punta Carnero in Algeciras presumably to unload hashish. On spotting the police the launch turned and fled at high speed heading for Morocco. […]

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Euro police on the Costa Blanca beat

IN a continued effort to provide a higher quality of service for foreign tourists, the National Police in Benidorm will in future have a number of officers speaking in French and Italian. Among the many millions of foreigners that choose Benidorm as their holiday destination every year, a growing number of French and Italians are […]

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Morning TV star surprises top chef on Costa del Sol

CELEBRITY chef Steven Saunders was taken back 25 years when TV favourite Lorraine Kelly walked through the doors of his Little Geranium restaurant in La Cala. The much-loved presenter had booked a table with seven friends under somebody else’s name to surprise the Michelin award winner. “I didn’t know Lorraine was coming in last week, […]

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Uniting all nationalities in one World Vision

SINCE 1950 the World Vision charity has been uniting people of all nationalities and religions to offer much-needed help, support and solutions for vulnerable children in perplexing situations. For the sixth year running the Puente Romano hotel and its staff have pulled out all the stops in support of this international children’s aid organisation, probably […]