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£10,000 reward for information on British fugitive thought to be in Ibiza

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a murder suspect Bradley Blundell who may be using Ibiza as a place of safety. It comes as a teenager was cleared by a jury of killing a man outside a petrol station in Essex, England.
18-year-old Bradley Blundell is still at large, while two other teenagers have already been arrested and are being trialled.
John Pordage was shot in the chest following a confrontation outside the BP petrol station near the Army and Navy roundabout in Baddow Road, Chelmsford, in the early hours of August 5, 2017. The 34-year-old died in hospital a short time later, despite the efforts of members of the public and emergency services.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the incident. A second teenager, Saul Stanley, 18, was arrested and charged with various firearms offences also in connection with the incident. The pair stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday January 15.
On Friday February 9, the jury found the 16-year-old was not guilty of murder or manslaughter. Stanley was found guilty of two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm, one count of possession of ammunition without a certificate and perverting the course of justice. He was found not guilty of two further counts of possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate. He admitted a charge of handling stolen goods, which was in connection with a stolen motorbike that had been collected from Brentwood in the hours before the murder.
The 16-year-old also admitted perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.
Following the verdicts and sentencing, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “A thorough investigation was carried out and the evidence put to the jury, who have made their decision, which of course we accept. My thoughts are very much with John’s family and friends at what is a very difficult time for them.”
The pair will return to the court on March 2 for sentence.
Detectives are still keen to trace 18-year-old Bradley Blundell in connection with the murder of John Pordage. He was last known to be living in Chelmsford, Essex. DCI Pasmore said: “We’ve received information to say he may be using Ibiza as a place to hide, although it is not known where he is at present.
We have also had information to suggest he has friends who regularly visit Ibiza. We remain determined to locate Bradley Blundell and bring him to trial.“
“I appeal to Bradley to give himself up. We will never give up searching for him and we are liaising with the National Crime Agency and colleagues abroad to locate him”. “We also have a European Arrest Warrant in place to facilitate his capture and there is a reward via the Crimestoppers charity for up to £10,000 for information leading to his arrest”.
“Bradley and those advising him need to consider whether he should live a life on the run; never knowing whether an arrest is imminent. It makes sense for Bradley to come forward and face trial now. He will of course have a fair trial and have the opportunity to explain what happened from his point of view. I’m not pre-empting any result but the fact is that as a juvenile, if he were to be convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in the near future, he would still be freed as a relatively young man. The day will come when Bradley will face trial. It is very much in everyone’s interest to do that sooner rather than later.”
To be eligible for the reward of up to £10,000, please contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously. Anyone in the Balearic Islands or Spain who has information about Blundell’s whereabouts can call Crimestoppers on freephone 900 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org
The reward is made up of £5,000 donated by the charity Crimestoppers and £5,000 donated by Essex Police.

New culture website for Orihuela

Cultura.Orihuela.es is the address of the new website of the Department of Culture recently
launched by the Councillor for Culture Mar Ezcurra. The site, which is already operational offers
‘rapid, complete and updated information on all cultural activities and events’ that are organised by
the Town Hall department across the municipality of Orihuela.
Councillor Ezcurra explained: “The new website is intended to be a window from which culture
appears to the public and is disseminated so that everyone who wants information is only one click
away. The new website is simple, practical and dynamic. An essential tool that will allow us to keep
all citizens informed about all of the cultural news that we generate and in real time.”
Cultura.Orihuela.es is a ‘visual and intuitive’ website and very simple to use when it comes to
browsing and finding all the cultural information. It is made up of several sections, such as Events,
which includes a calendar to enable users to find all scheduled activities indicating the content, date,
time, place and other information of interest. Another of the highlighted sections is News, where
visitors to the website can find all the information generated by the council with texts, photographs
and links. Likewise, the website includes a section on Museums, which houses all the information in
a clear and simple way on all the museums and places of interest that the municipality of Orihuela
has.
It also has a section dedicated to the Circus Theatre, which is the hub of cultural activity in the city.
The sheer volume of activity the theatre generates means that the website holds its events for the
coming quarter of the year such as plays – with a synopsis of the subject – concerts, events, tickets
and prices. TheMurales de San Isidro also has its own section which houses all the information on
this important cultural activity of the municipality.
Mar Ezcurra said: “Cultura.Orihuela.es is a dynamic and alive website, with continuous movement
and a continuous process of adaptation to the communication needs that may arise. In fact, in a few
days, the page will be adapted for people with poor of vision, with dexterity issues, difficulty with
arm movements or cognitive or intellectual disabilities. In addition, it will also aid navigation for
older users, those with reading difficulties or with little understanding of the internet.”
The new Cultural website interacts with the main social networks of the council, which allows
immediate dissemination of all events and at the same time offers a two-way interface with users in
order to collect any queries or concerns and answer any questions that may arise – something the
Councillor said was considered essential by the department.
The councillor concluded the launch presentation of the new website by highlighting "the
accessibility, immediacy and dynamism of the resource, stressing that it would be updated minute
by minute and invited all residents to ‘visit and use it as an essential cultural guide and leisure time
planner’ for the municipality of Orihuela.

Local man runs 10 th Marathon

Local man Tony Francis will be running his tenth marathon this year, having raised thousands of pounds
over the years for charities. Tony will take part in the London Marathon and told the Costa Blanca People,
“This year I am running for Sense, a charity which supports children who are blind and deaf.  I have a
grandson who was born partially blind and deaf, so this charity is very close to my heart.”
Tony is seeking donations for his fundraising campaign and this can be done easily online at:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TonyFrancis

Iberdrola and Orihuela sign an agreement for improved electricity supply

Iberdrola and the City Council of Orihuela have signed an agreement to improve the
electricity supply for the town and its districts and at the same time eliminate an overhead
power line that runs from the area of Capuchinos to Santo Domingo and affects visually the
historic centre of the city.
The agreement was signed at the municipal offices by the Mayor of Orihuela, Emilio
Bascuñana, and the director of Distribution For Iberdrola in the Valencian Community,
Bonifacio Álvarez. Also present were the Councillor for Heritage and Urban Planning, Rafael
Almagro, and the Head of the Distribution for the province of Alicante, Antonio Mendivil,
among others.
After the agreement has been signed the Mayor said: “This is one of the most important
agreements of this legislature for the development of Orihuela.”
In the coming years, Iberdrola plans to invest more than two million euros in the
construction of new underground medium and low voltage lines in the historic centre of the
city, through the adaptation of several transformation centres and the reformation of
Medium voltage overhead lines in the outskirts of Orihuela and the rural area of the
municipality, as well as in the Orihuela Costa area.
This will improve the quality of the local electricity supply by using more advanced
technologies that are more respectful of the environment and meet the growth in electricity
demand expected in the coming years.
In addition, Iberdrola will eliminate 2.5 kilometres of overhead lines and several
transformation centres which exist in the historical old city, specifically those that visually
affect the Santo Domingo School and the Church of Santiago, as well as the birthplace of
Miguel Hernández.
In 2018 Iberdrola is also going to complete the installation of an intelligent electrical
network in Orihuela, where the company will replace the more than 88,000 traditional
meters with the new intelligent ‘smart’ measurement equipment. More than 600
transformation centres will be upgraded to enable local householders to enjoy the
advantages of this system of tele-management and automation of the electrical network.
Smart grids allow improvement in the efficiency of consumption as well as the provision of
various remote services, such as reading the consumption of electricity in real time, the
processing of high or low contracts and the modification of the contracted power, as well as
pricing by time bands.
In addition, the company will be able to oversee what is happening in the electricity
network and detect any type of anomaly. This will improve efficiently and the quality of
supply, reducing incidents and their duration.
 

Hondón Valley RBL celebrates Burn’s Night

Around 40 Royal British Legion members and guests celebrated Burn’s Night at El Nuevo
Valle, Hondón de los Frailes, in grand style. Tony, the Piper did the event proud and got
everyone in the Scottish spirit, with some members even trying out their (bad) Scottish
accents!
The MC for the evening Ronnie Mannell, outlined the life of Scotland’s National Poet –
Robert Burns and the diners then celebrated in a way that Burns would have approved of;
eating, drinking, music, piping and poetry – and of course lots of chatting. The haggis was
piped in by Tony, which we toasted with a “ wee dram “ of whiskey, before tucking into
Neeps and Tatties, steak pie, and finally topping off the meal with Tipsy Laird Trifle.
There followed a number poems and the evening will also be remembered for Neil Pavitt’s
poem “There’s a Moose Loose about the Hooooose”. The evening ended with a rendition of
one of Burn’s famous songs Auld Lang Syne and fitting tribute to a great evening.
The Branch meets on the third Tuesday of each month and welcomes any guests who would
like to come along. Further information is available on the website:
www.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/spain-north or by emailing:
secretary.hondonvalley3577@gmail.com

Harmonisers give to charity

 
Following their money-raising event ‘Blue Monday’ Torrevieja’s Barbershop
Harmonisers were delighted to present cheques to two important charities on
29 th January. Altogether a donation of €2,350 was made to the Alzheimer
charity AFA Torrevieja and the cancer charity AECC Torrevieja. Both charities
were presented with their cheques by Bob Stein who is treasurer of the
Barbershop Harmonisers.
A representative from AECC expressed his gratitude for the money raised;
‘On behalf of the AECC, we would like to thank Torrevieja Barbershop
Harmonisers and their treasurer, Bob Stein, for their generous donation of
€2,350 presented at the ranch office. The money will be put to very good use.’
Now, the group wants to continue to raise more money and entertain people
at the same time. In order to do this they are on the lookout for new members.
They rehearse every Friday from 10am until 12.30pm at the Casa Contenta in
Rojales, formerly known as the Spider-Man Bar. Any new men who might be
interested in joining them will be very welcome.

Children’s charity concert success

Around €2,500 was raised for the Butterfly Children Charity, DEBRA, when Melody
Makers International and the Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir joined forces in a concert,
at the Orihuela Costa Resort Hotel, La Zenia recently. It was a case of standing room
only, with the "House Full" sign, prominently on display as the good people of the Costa
Blanca once again gave their full support to the event.
Two audiences, at 2pm and 8pm, were both royally entertained with a musical mix from
the pen of Sigmund Romberg, Irving Berlin, Franz Lehar, Puccini and a splendid
arrangement by Brymer of Freddy Mercury's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Special mention
perhaps in this mixed bag of wonderful music would be to Rebecca Holt with the Barry
and Robin Gibb classic, "A Woman in Love", "The Grand March" from Aida, and by the
full company, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Classic songs from "White Horse Inn",
"The Merry Widow" and "Les Miserables" kept Saturday's audiences well entertained.
No concert by Nigel Hopkins would be complete without Jane Atkinson and Eric Berg,
taking to the stage. This year was no exception, with the dynamic duo becoming "A
Couple of Swells" from Easter Parade.
Director Nigel Hopkins was delighted to let Saturday's audiences know, that in 10 years
of bringing shows like this concert to the Costa Blanca, a total of Fifty thousand euros
has been raised and presented to local charities and so the the standing ovation given to
this Saturday's "Choral Spectacular" was even more well deserved.
The Butterfly Children Charity, DEBRA would like to thank Nigel and Pauline Hopkins and
the Melody Makers International for choosing to support the charity once again and the
audience who gave so generously to the cause, their interest in the charity is hugely
appreciated. “They truly give us wings!”

Beach walkways in Orihuela Costa renewed

The Councillor for the Beaches of Orihuela, Luisa Boné, has announced that the city has
purchased various types of walkway for the local beaches this season. The Municipal
Department of Beaches has signed a contract for delivery, both for non-rollable non-slip
double-width beach walkways, and for roll-up beach walkways.
The Councillor reported that "both types are autoclaved to withstand climatic weathering,
which is fundamental to their durability". She added that "these 2.40 cm wide beach
walkways will be installed in the areas that run between the beach promenade and the
relaxation area. They are particularly useful for people with reduced mobility as they help to
facilitate access to the beach.
In addition, these beach walkways with their blue-painted edges are easier to spot for
people with visual impairment and so meet one of the requirements set out in the Forum on
accessibility.
On the other hand, the roll-up beach walkways will be added to the final sections of the
non-rollable beach walkways to connect the dry sand area with the wet sand and so
improve accessibility for those who wish to swim or paddle.
The new beach walkways are being installed in the four main beaches, which already have
bathing areas for the disabled. These are the beaches of: Cala Bosque, Cala Capitán, La Glea
and Barranco Rubio. Over time, these new beach walkways models will be installed at other
beaches across Orihuela. The sum of this investment amounts to 27.094,32 €.

Auto Fima celebrates 25 years with Kona launch

Auto Fima hosted a joint celebration on Friday night – its own 25 th anniversary, and the launch
of the new Hyundai Kona. The party was held at Auto Fima in Elche where guests enjoyed
drinks and music, and the chance to enter a draw for a holiday to Kona, Hawaii.

Environment Department removes Orihuela Costa rubbish dump

The Councillor for the Environment, Miguel Ángel Fernández, has announced the completion of the
work to remove the three waste dumps that has been identified in Orihuela Costa. This programme
of works began last week and consisted of “removing, transporting and depositing debris in the
authorised manager,” said the Councillor.
These three dumps were illegal and located on municipal plots of land and damaged the image of
the immediate surroundings and the coast in general. In total, some 200 tons of rubble have been
removed, mostly construction material and composed of plastics, plant debris and some household
items, which has had an approximate cost of 7,000 euros.
The councillor said that "with this action, the risks that could risk public health or were a fire risk are
reduced", while reiterating the departments "commitment to protecting the landscape of the area
and restoring the environment".

Council website more accessible for people with disabilities

The Councillor responsible for the modernisation of administration, Miguel Ángel Fernández, has
presented a new service that will facilitate the improvement of accessibility and usability of the City
of Orihuela’s website.
The councillor explained: “Nine percent of people in our country, about 4 million, have some
disability. From this Council, and working alongside the Department of Social Welfare, with
accessibility forefront of mind, we thought it important to work so that this sector of society can
have the same opportunities to reach all of the municipal services on our website.”
"The most appropriate platform to provide this service, both for quality, performance and price, was
the InSUIT platform," Councillor Fernandez explained. "The issues that most interested us were
firstly that it will not require a modification of the web page, and secondly the possibility of being
used from any computer and for free."
Technical assistance will be provided to those with decreased or lack of vision, difficulty in mobility
of hands and arms, speech difficulties, or cognitive or intellectual disabilities. In addition, it will also
facilitate navigation for the elderly, users with reading difficulties or with few digital capabilities.
The person using the website will only have to use the tab enabled in the website to activate this
service, which will provide instant access to the set of tools needed for navigation, which allows the
user to adapt the aids to their needs and preferences.
In addition, the website will be optimised for navigation for people with reduced visual capacity and
will read the content to the user, can receive voice commands or any sound to navigate without
using their hands, or will allow navigation through the keyboard and without the need for the use of
the mouse.

Cinders misses the Deadwood Stage

Sadly, due to so much ill health caused by the wretched ‘flu bug’ that is sweeping its way
across Britain, the UK and Europe, The Deadwood Stage Company” has had to postpone its
performances planned for February.
The production of Cinder Hella was due to be staged at The Madhouse in February and its
delay is a great disappointment to all concerned. However, watch this space for details of
“Cinder Hella” – which is not to be missed – coming later in the Spring.
The Company hopes that people are understanding of the situation and will continue to
support their productions.

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