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Guardamar pensioners arrested on cruise ‘with £500k of cocaine’
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A popular British couple, Roger and Susan Clarke, aged 72 and 70, were arrested by Portuguese police after their cruise ship MS Marco Polo docked in Lisbon on December 4. The couple were held after being caught with cocaine in their suitcase worth in excess of £500,000. The drugs were hidden in false bottoms in [...]

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Camelot the Panto comes to Los Montesinos
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There’s a very important event taking place in January when The Rojales Pantomime Group will be bringing the full tradition of the pantomime season for you to enjoy and join in all the fun. In days gone by when times were filled with myths and legends, when brave knights slayed dragons and rescued fair damsels [...]

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Harry’s Bar reaches out with almost 600 euro
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On Thursday 13th December more than 70 supporters gathered in Harry’s Bar, Quesada to partake in a Quiz Night in Aid of Reach Out. Joanne and Harry arranged the quiz, devised by Dan, after supporting Reach Out for a year and wishing for something different to bring supporters in and raise a few Euro for [...]

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PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, NOVO NORDISK, TRAIN IN MOJÁCAR
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The sight of cycling teams training on Mojácar’s roads and pedalling along the Paseo Marítimo is almost an everyday occurrence for everyone driving or walking around the town. With Winter, the beach umbrellas and swimsuits give way to these groups in their multicoloured kits, at a time of year when the traffic is much lighter. [...]

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HELP Vega Baja Sings its way to success!
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“Someone said that they knew Christmas was near when the HELP Vega Baja Christmas fayre was held” – this was what one of the visitors to the fayre told the President of HELP Vega Baja at their annual fayre which was held on the 4th December.  In addition to the usual fantastic array of quality [...]

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December Walk for Murcia Humanists
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An unprecedented 15 people arrived from San Juan de Terreros and some of them even had stick(s) as they had been told. Another 10 were from Murcia and most of them did not have sticks either. The first ascent, up the hills behind Bolnuevo. had the less fit blowing hard, but the walk soon levelled [...]

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Petanca support for Stevie’s Mattress Appeal
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The Las Filipinas Petanca Club held a competition on Monday 10th December and raised 654 euros for the San Jose Obrero Orphanage in Orihuela. The club invited their members to a fun petanca competition, a BBQ lunch and held a raffle with very generous donations from local bars, restaurants and businesses. The players were entertained during [...]

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Business Owners – It’s Time to Give Back for a Worthy Cause
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In January, Casas Espania, the local and reliable real estate agent, are hosting a fun-packed auction and meal in aid of a campaign which as touched many a heart. Millie Grundy is a lively 13 year old girl who happens to have severe Scoliosis and needs an operation that is only available privately and costs [...]

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Redress the imbalance by using your vote
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The newly-formed AE Orihuela Costa is making a last ditch appeal to local residents (Spanish and ex-pats) to get themselves on the local Padron and ensure they are eligible to vote in next May’s local elections. Presidents and vice presidents of a number of local urbanisations met on Friday in La Florida to work out [...]

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Torrevieja Courts investigate disappearing fines
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The Torrevieja Court of Instruction Number 4 has said that there are possible grounds to open an investigation into the disappearance of fines and the possible embezzlement of public funds by an ex-inspector and two local police officers dating back to 2012. In making the announcement the judge dismissed the claim by one of the [...]

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Five civil guard officers accused of torture
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Five officers from the Torrevieja Guardia Civil have been charged with crimes of torture, injury, falsification of documents and omission of a duty to pursue crimes. The Prosecutor’s Office has requested five years in prison (two years for torture and three years for inflicting injuries) and disqualification from public employment for ten years for each [...]

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Mojácar Council put together a packed Programme for Christmas
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Mojácar’s Christmas Programme is already in full flow with events and activities that have been organized by the Council’s Celebrations Department, along with many local companies. The Christmas lights dotted around the town are already shining brightly, using over 4,000 LED bulbs (renewed recently for energy efficiency), with 300 images placed on the street-lights. 11 [...]

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Covera Emergency plan finally agreed
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The most recent procedures to be finalised at Corvera Airport are those for security and the airport emergency plan which were finally approved by the board last week . In case of accidents the plan establishes a a protocol at the airport within 8km of the runway and terminal building taking in the local municipalities [...]

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SAMM Sailors following in the footsteps of Drake
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History tells us that Francis Drake played bowls before setting off to battle the armada. Now the sailors of SAMM, The Sailing Association Mar Menor, are following in his footsteps. Each month the Social Committee, led by Jill Chorley organise a fun bowls completion at the new Pinatar Bowling alley On December 5th, 26 members [...]

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Santa’s little walkers raise 1000 euro for Pink Ladies
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On Sunday 9th December at the annual Maria and the Pink Ladies and Panthers Santa Walk from Zenia Boulevard and around the local area of Orihuela Costa, there were 120 walkers and over €1000 was raised and donated to the AECC to help in their fight against cancer. Special thanks to Simon at Sunshine FM, [...]

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Silver Screen Spain; Better than Ever
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The statistics can lie to us or deceive us, but the facts are undeniable; international film making in Spain has never been better. ‘Movies Made in Spain’ was a book published by teacher and writer Bob Yareham in 2016, detailing where over 700 English language films were shot in Spain since the 1920s. Two years [...]

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Busters Golf Society
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For this months outing, we took the short journey from Quesada to El Plantio for our monthly Stableford game, the weather conditions couldn’t have been better a soft breeze and a warm sun on our backs gave us the good weather that we came to Spain for. I have to say what a pleasure it [...]

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Torrevieja acts against the owners of 111 illegal billboards
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Torrevieja council has completed 111 cases for breaches of the municipal ordinance with regard to unsightly and illegal advertising billboards in the town. In so doing they have collected 46,800 euros in fines. Over one hundred files were opened through the SUMA office, almost all to the same advertising company, most of which have now [...]

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Rafal presents its candidacy as Cultural Capital
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Rafal has presented it’s candidacy to become the Cultural Capital of the Valencian Community for municipalities of less than 5,000 inhabitants. La Plaza de España was chosen to show off the proposal to the people of the town with presentation that has been created to illustrate just how it can become a reality in the [...]

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Meet your foreign neighbours, but only if you live in the city!
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One out of every three residents in the municipality of Orihuela is of foreign origin, the vast majority of course are living on the Orihuela Costa, so bearing in mind the track record of the Orihuela City Council when it comes to their consideration for the residents of the coast, it came as no surprise [...]

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Letters from the Canary Islands and Spain
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As is the custom in the ‘Letters from the Atlantic’ series, this book includes letters written over a one-year period from the Canary Islands. These letters are inspired by life in the Canary Islands and Spain and are intended for all those who love these beautiful islands and the country that it is part of. [...]

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Mayor José praises club and fans at ‘Monte’
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Andrew Atkinson speaks exclusively to Los Montesinos Mayor José Manuel Butron about the success of the 1st Regional Valencia Group 8 football team CD Montesinos. LOS Montesinos Mayor José Manuel Butron has hailed the current status of 1st Regional Valencia Group 8 football club CD Montesinos heading into the New Year. “I am very happy [...]

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Is Orihuela’s unpopular mayor ready to stand again?
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Bascuñana says he “feels the love.” One of the most significant recent developments in Orihuela’s emerging mayoral race is how the current leader, Emilio Bascuñana, now appears to be dipping his toes in the 2019 Partido Popular leadership contest. The mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, said on Tuesday that he felt that he once again [...]

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Four arrests for the theft of a hundred bikes
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The Torrevieja Civil Guard has arrested four men, three of Moroccan nationality, aged 20, 38 and 42 year and a 20 year old Romanian, as alleged perpetrators of seven ongoing crimes of robbery with force, three crimes of theft, one crime of receiving stolen goods and a crime of belonging to a criminal group. The [...]

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WHO LOVES YA BABY!
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Report and photographs by Andrew Atkinson CD Montesinos 2-0 CF Rafal CD Montesinos hosted CF Rafal at the Campo de futbal Municipal in the 1st Regional Group 8 – with striker Vazquinho wrapping up the points from the penalty spot. After a fraught season – in which  coach Carlos Perez was given the sack last [...]

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Basement battle sees Torry scrape narrow win
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This battle of the basement clash inside La Solana Stadium, pitched rock bottom Villena (6 points) against next to bottom Torry (10 points) in a game that neither club could afford to lose.  But depite floundering at the foot of the table Villena have shown that they are capable of putting together occasional performances, with [...]

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Aggressive Corvera charges will be 39% cheaper than Alicante
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As the arrival and departure of the first flights at the Murcia International Airport become ever more imminent the Board of Directors of the new Corvera airport have now approved their charges, which, in an effort to attract more airlines, will be much cheaper than those currently being levied at Alicante. The landing and passenger [...]

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The Leader Newspaper Edition 745
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With the opening a little over a month away there was movement at the new Murcia International Airport last week as details of charges were issued along with new licenses for catering and financial concessions. In the Alicante Province there are manning concerns ahead of the imminent approval by Central Government that will allow the [...]

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Amata Fair offers authentic craftwork in San Fulgencio
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On 15 and 16 December Amata comes to San Fulgencio to set up a genuine Craft Fair in the square in front of the Town Hall. That means that people living in the south of the province of Alicante get a chance to buy original, hand made presents for Christmas.   Real craftwork, made by freal [...]

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