Author: Aoife Leddy

Man arrested for trying to torch a house with three children inside

A man has been arrested in the Costa Blanca town of Dolores for attempting to set the residence on fire while three minors were inside the property at the time. The suspect is said to have sprayed the ground floor of the property with gasoline. Family members called 112 and thankfully, police arrived at the scene before the man was able to ignite the fire. On learning that emergency services were en route, the man fled the scene. The incident occurred late on Tuesday at a house in the centre of Dolores. Security sources report that the three children were on the top floor of the house while the man was dousing the ground floor in petrol. Relatives raised the alarm and called emergency services before the man made his escape. Officers from the Local Police and Guardia Civil rushed to the address to secure the scene and ensure the safety of the children who were described as being “afraid, but in good physical condition”. The officers made safe the property and ventilated all the rooms to get rid of the fumes. Meanwhile, a team of officers searched Dolores throughout the night for the suspect who was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning when he presented himself at the Guardia Civil barracks.  Another man was also arrested for obstruction of justice and both are expected to appear...

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All Monarch airlines flights cancelled as airline ceases trading

CAA launches flying programme to bring 110,000 customers back to UK in response to Monarch Airlines administration Monarch Airlines has ceased trading with immediate effect, leaving 110,000 customers overseas and in the region of 300,000 future bookings cancelled Government has asked CAA to charter more than 30 aircraft to bring back to the UK Monarch Airlines customers currently overseas Monarch customers in the UK and yet to travel: don’t go to the airport.  There will be no more Monarch flights Monarch customers abroad: everyone due to fly in the next fortnight will be brought back to the UK at...

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Blackmailing burglar arrested

A burglar who forced his victims to be photographed naked has been arrested in Alicante.  The thief used social media to befriend his victims, most of whom live in the Alicante region.  The man’s modus operandi was to initiate contact with women on social networking sites and after a period of contact they would arrange to meet.  After he had gained the trust of the victim, he would be invited to their home where he would threaten the women with a large knife, forcing them to strip naked to be photographed by him.  He would then proceed to rob...

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N332 secures new sponsorship

Back in October 2015, the Costa Blanca People began featuring our Driving in Spain column where readers were invited to ‘ask the Guardia Civil’ about motoring in Spain. The column was run in conjunction with the N332 volunteers – the group behind the hugely popular Facebook page and website. We are delighted to announce this week that after over a year and a half working together, we have decided to further concrete our good relationship and along with our partners at Moneycorp currency exchange, the Costa Blanca People will be official sponsors of the N332. Pride of Spain award winner, Francisco Morales, is a Guardia Civil Traffic Officer and along with his Guardia Civil colleagues and fellow N332 team member Mark Nolan, the group spends great time and energy replying to people’s questions about motoring laws.  Francisco told us, “Some driving laws are universal – like obeying the speed limit, or not using your mobile phone while driving.  However, some are unique to Spain – for example, did you know that if you are towing a trailer, you are obliged to carry a fire extinguisher?  My colleagues and I from the N332 advice group want to ensure that drivers aren’t fined unfairly because of lack of local knowledge.  We can do this through our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain) and the website N332.es which is run by Mark Nolan to help...

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