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Spain to UK flight declares emergency after take-off

A FLIGHT from Spain to the UK declared an emergency after the landing gear failed to retract after take-off. The flight – BA2631 – had taken off at 10.55am without any apparent problem but moments later the alarm was raised when the landing gear wouldn’t retract. As the plane reached 6,000 feet, they stopped their […]

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Costa Blanca drugs plantation found after power surge

NATIONAL POLICE have uncovered a major indoor marijuana plantation in Elche after the electricity supply company reported an unusual amount being consumed…and no records to back it up. Around 600 plants, most of which were almost fully grown, were discovered in a storeroom attached to a house in the city after the property using all […]

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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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BLAST OFF: Spanish rocket tests to expand at Teruel airport

ELCHE based PLD Space has signed a €1 million agreement with Teruel airport in Aragon to allow it to test and operate rocket engines over an initial 25 year period. The space company which is involved in the launch of the Arion 1 rocket will have access to more than 13,000 square metres of operating […]

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Costa Blanca airport access to be improved

CENTRAL Government in Madrid has declared as “urgent” the acquisition of land to enable one of the main access roads to Alicante-Elche Airport to be expanded. The N-338, that sees around 26,000 vehicles use it on a daily basis, will be made a dual-carriageway.  In addition, similar work will be undertaken on the N-332. The […]

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Costa Blanca locals to benefit from council surplus

ELCHE’S City Council will be allocating €4.3 million to improve access roads, street lighting and sport area in the municipality. In announcing the policy, Mayor Carlos Gonzalez paid tribute to the new PSOE Government of Pedro Sanchez to allow extra investment in such projects rather that to pay off debt from the 2017 budget surplus […]

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SMUGGLING STUBBED OUT: 5,000 illegal cigarettes confiscated at Costa Blanca airport

AN operation carried out by the Guardia Civil and the Spanish Tax Agency (Hacienda) enabled them to confiscate over 5,000 packets of cigarettes during the space of one week. The discoveries took place at the Alicante-Elche Airport and were valued at almost €25,000. During the summer months that naturally see an influx of passengers, the […]

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Man arrested… three times in four days

• Photo Credit: www.shopcatalog.com POLICE in Spain have arrested a man for three alleged offences in just four days. The victim has already reported the detained man some days earlier for alleged gender violence after threats were made via telephone and a protection order had been put into effect. The man was arrested on the […]

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Police seize 20,000 bottles of ‘fake’ wine on sale in Costa Blanca

GUARDIA CIVIL officers based in San Vicente del Raspeig are investigating two people in Elche, suspected of selling wine that was not suitable for drinking. The couple, a 73-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both Spanish, are alleged to have stored and prepared for sale online a total of 20,000 bottles of wine that were […]

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€60 million tax scammers caught after three years

OFFICERS from both Spanish National Police and the Tax Office have managed to close down the activities of a gang allegedly involved in tax avoidance and money laundering. A total of 58 people have been arrested in Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Germany and are believed to be responsible for a scam amounting to €60 million. […]

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Costa Blanca camping crackdown spreads to more towns

A FEW weeks ago, Elche City Council announced that it was introducing tougher controls on the amount of illegal caravans and motor homes using public streets to camp. Now others in the Marina Baixa region that have coastal areas under their control are starting to follow suit. Every year from March, the Costa Blanca attracts […]

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Fines proposed for motorhomes that camp illegally in Costa Blanca

CARAVANS and motorhomes that have parked up illegally have had their day. A by-law passed by the coalition governing council in Elche means that those vehicles that park in public spaces overnight will be fined €90.  Unless there are any legal objections from the public, the new rules will come into force later this month. […]

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Drunk driver arrested after flipping ambulance in Elche

A DRIVER, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, has been arrested after tipping an ambulance over before fleeing the scene in Elche. The incident happened at roughly 11.30pm last Saturday night, near the L’Aljub de Elche shopping centre. Patrols were deployed at the possible exit routes and the vehicle car was intercepted when attempting to […]

Coach trip to Elche and Xixona
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Coach trip to Elche and Xixona

FINESTRAT’S Concejalia de Residentes de Otras Nacionalidades (Council of Residents of Other Nationalities) has organised a trip to Elche and Xixona on Monday February 12. The trip includes a visit to the Huerto del Palmeral (Orchard of Palm Trees) – the greatest concentration of palm trees in all of Europe… According to estimations, there are […]

Masons of Dama de Elche Lodge donate money to local charities
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Masons of Dama de Elche Lodge donate money to local charities

WORSHIPFUL Brother Gordon Ramsey, of Dama de Elche Lodge, recently visited two local charities to present cheques to assist them in continuing to support the children in need. The first visit was to DEBRA (The Butterfly Children). These children are born with a genetic disorder which causes their skin to be as fragile as a […]

Employment ‘crisis’ for the over 50s
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Employment ‘crisis’ for the over 50s

THE MUNICIPALITIES of Elche, Torrevieja and Orihuela contain some the highest unemployment numbers for the over 50 age groups.  In what is being described as “the 50 crisis” by trade unions and other workers organisations, for municipalities in the Alicante province that have more than 45,000 inhabitants the greatest number of registered unemployed people in […]