LOCAL NEWS - THURSDAY 15 MARCH 2012
By Mark Nolan / 2012-03-14 20:11:15
CANNABIS PLANTATION SHUT DOWN
Officers from the National Police have located a plantation of 6,400 marijuana plants and two hydroponic greenhouses, in the Alicante towns of Altea and La Nucia, which were part of an operation that manufactured drugs for distribution across Europe.
A total of four people were arrested in a raid this week, after investigators had been tracking them for two months, and had secured evidence that showed the gang were cultivating the cannabis before transporting it to Holland for distribution.
Those arrested were of Dutch and Croatian nationality and were taken to the National Police station in Benidorm to face charges relating to the cultivation and distribution of drugs as well as offences of forgery.
FARMERS PROTEST AGAINST INSECURITY
Farmers from across the Vega Baja converged on the town of Catral this week, to protest against the lack of action by the authorities to protect them against a crime wave that is hitting the agricultural community.
It is reported that up to 70% of their homes have been broken into recently and that farming equipment, livestock and personal possessions had been stolen, yet the crimes have gone uninvestigated and there is still a noticeable lack of police presence to deter the criminal acts.
At least ten break-ins have occurred in the last two weeks alone, some whilst homes were occupied and some under threat of violence if house holders attempt to intervene to protect their property.
The community members recognised that the police have limited resources to deal with the matter but are also concerned that they face increasing or refusal of insurance policies, to which they have indicated they may well be faced with no option but to defend their homes themselves.
COCK FIGHT INVESTIGATION DEEPENS
Residents of Callosa de Segura, where the raid on a cock fighting racket was carried out, have spoken about how “everyone knew” that the tournaments took place in the premises in the town, and that they had done for the past 15 years. One member of the community noted that cars would frequently visit the building and that the noises that came from inside were quite indicative of what was happening, but as the visitors “didn´t cause any trouble”, the neighbourhood were not disturbed by the events. Equally, a number of the attendees would visit the local bars, which then served to benefit the businesses in the area.
Meanwhile, investigators have revealed that five of the 46 people arrested had been previously arrested following a similar raid in the Murcian town of Sangonera la Verde last year, where over 130 people were arrested and 200 roosters found. They were all freed by the court which wasn´t satisfied that there was satisfactory evidence that the animals were being mistreated.
ORIHUELA MAYOR CONFIRMS DISTRIBUTION OF COASTAL ROLES
The mayor of Orihuela, Monserrate Guillén, has confirmed how the competences left behind following the resignation by Councillor Bob Houliston would be distributed amongst the municipal council.
Martina Scheurer, of the Los Verdes party, will take over the roles and responsibilities of International Residents, Antonio Zapata, from the PSOE, will take on the roles of urban planning and licensing, Pablo Vidal, of the CLR will take on the responsibility of infrastructure, including parks, lighting and gardens, therefore leaving Pedro Mancebo, also of the CLR, who will be responsible for the beaches on the coast.
COLD CASE MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN TORREVIEJA
The Guardia Civil of Torrevieja have arrested a 36 year old man, identified as Florin S and of Romanian origin, charged with the murder of 63 year old Bernardo N, which occurred 10 years ago in the town of El Saler in Valencia.
Investigators had found a single trace of DNA in the victim´s car, which was identified as belonging to the suspect. It is also believed that the suspect had been in possession of a mobile phone which belonged to the victim, but the investigation still continues.