Author: Jack

Woman arrested for prostituting 13 year old

A woman has been arrested, accused of attempting to arrange the prostitution of a minor – her own 13 year old niece – at a coffee shop in Elche. Officers investigating the case are currently looking in to whether the incident is linked to a wider sex trafficking network. The woman was arrested on Thursday at a cafe in Elche and appeared in court on Friday morning to make a statement before the judge. The incident itself took place on February 10 th when officers received a call from an eyewitness to the alleged incident. The witness called the National Police emergency number, 091, following concerns about what was taking place in the cafe. The witness told the officers that a woman was trying to convince three men in the establishment “to accept the sexual favours of her 13-year- old niece.” A unit was dispatched to the scene to intervene. When the officers arrived at the cafe and entered the establishment, they observed three men sitting next to a woman and a younger girl sitting on one of the tables. The officers decided to transfer the woman and the girl to police headquarters and commence an investigation by the Judicial Police of Elche National Police Station to find out what had really happened inside the cafe. Once the appropriate investigations were carried out and once all parties involved were...

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UK bottom of ‘quality of life’ study

Spain came out second from the top in a recent study by uSwitch on the quality of life across Europe. The UK did not fare so well, coming out at the bottom of the table. Despite earning more money than average Europeans, Britons are not as happy. Not helping the fun factor is the lack of sunshine, the high retirement age and the third lowest health spend as a percentage of the country’s GDP. Workers in Britain have five and a half fewer holidays and food, fuel, alcohol and cigarettes all cost more in the UK than elsewhere in Europe. Only 5% of those Britons surveyed said that they were happy. Spanish people can expect to live just over a year longer than people in the UK, and enjoy the highest number of holiday days in Europe with 39 days. Spain also has the lowest alcohol price of the 10 countries included in the...

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Torrevieja requests clarity on Plusvalía

The local council has presented a motion to the national government in Spain asking for clarification of the situation regarding collection of Plusvalía tax. This is the tax collected by the town hall from the seller when a property is sold. How much Plusvalía is payable depends upon the property’s rateable value and the estimated increase on the land’s worth since it was first purchased. There have been problems with the tax in that it has been charged even where people have not made a profit on selling their property. However, they have still had to pay the tax on an alleged increase in the value of the land even though this has not translated into a capital gain for the person selling. Recently cases have gone to court and some sellers have received their money back. Now, tax collection agencies such as SUMA are refusing to collect the tax due to the uncertainty of the situation. This loss of tax revenue is having a major effect on town councils, particularly ones like Torrevieja where the transfer of property has always been a major source of income. In 2016 the town council collected €18,970,765 and this reduced to €8,785,960 in 2017. A loss of €10,183,611. In 2016 the collection of Plusvalía represented 19.5% of the total revenue of the city to 9.68% in 2017. The situation has become even...

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Three accused of rape ten years ago

Prosecutors have asked for seven years prison for three men accused of raping a young woman ten years ago in a club in Torrevieja. It is claimed that the young woman was drunk and abused in turn in a car by the three young men. The young woman was 18 years old at the time of the alleged attack and the car was parked in the disco car park. The offence took place in August 2008. It is alleged that the young woman first started talking to the men inside the discotheque and seeing the state she was in they took her outside to the car of one of the accused. It is alleged that one of them put her on the back seat, took off her clothes and raped her, then leaving the car whilst the second and third man took their turn. The case is being tried in Elche and one of the questions being asked is why it has taken ten years to come to court.Sexual offences are supposed to be a priority when it comes to finding court room time. The reason given was the delay in forensic and DNA testing, which was particularly difficult to collect as the men were all still at liberty. The accused yesterday assured the jury that the intercourse was consensual. However, friends of the girl, including her cousin, maintain...

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The budget is approved!

  And finally, Torrevieja has a budget for 2018. This year’s budget was at last agreed after months of debating when the two small opposition parties, Sueña and Ciudadanos, agreed to back the proposals of the current town council. The PP party continued to oppose the budget until the very end. The final decision that the budget could go ahead was made on Monday 12 th February at the town hall’s plenary session. The budget amounts to 90.6 million euros and received the final approval it needed to allow the council to begin to make the changes they are hoping for. As the current government is still in a minority they depended on the two parties of Sueña and Ciudadanos joining them to provide 14 votes in favour. The Popular Party (PP) remained the only party to oppose the budget but their 11 councillors were insufficient to prevent the budget from going through. They had raised a number of legal issues to try and prevent it being agreed but these were insufficient to see its passing quashed. Two unresolved issues were used by the PP to freeze agreement on finances for the coming year. One was in relation to Torreta III where a case had been brought by the residents for renovation of the estate. However, a court ruled that this appeal be suspended. Another hurdle had been the...

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