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MORE POLICE ACTIVITIES AND BUS SERVICE AUDIT KEY IN ORIHUELA

A sample of the back of a bill board

Orihuela town hall has now commenced a survey by which the company SkyBus will collate data to ascertain if the budget for bus services on the Orihuela Costa can be better allocated. SkyBus are experts in creating “Transport on Demand” networks, which has proven particularly successful in Málaga for example, whereas a standard but streamlined route can provide braches to local areas as and when required. The town hall is therefore keen to know if more people would use the bus and why they would use it. The Councillor for the coast, Martina Schreurer, explained that the town hall “can´t spend more money, but they can spend the existing budgets better”. The form is available in Spanish, English and German and can be completed online in a matter of minutes, at the website www.orihuelabus.es.

The deadline for families to apply for financial assistance with subsidy from the town hall is Thursday the 11th of October. The government team has once again set aside funds to help those of low income to subsidise things such as school books, and are eager to offer a share of that budget to those who qualify. If you are finding it difficult to cope with the increasing costs of schooling, you should contact the town hall immediately where they will guide you, in confidence, through the application and qualifying process.

The Department of Beaches has opened a complaint against a company that owns a pipeline that burst of Friday, causing a large amount of water to spill onto the beach at La Glea. As a result of the flooding, municipal workers had to intervene to recover the beach, some of whom followed the path of the water to identify and rectify the fault themselves. The matter has also been reported to the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura (CHS) and the Provincial Coastal Management to take appropriate action.

In the current campaign of looking after the colonies of cats on the Orihuela Costa, eleven cats have so far been collected and treated by the Little Pod Foundation. The Councillor for the coast could not praise the foundation enough and thanked them for their assisting in dealing with the issue.

Similar to other municipal councils, Orihuela town hall has announced the imminent clampdown on illegal advertising hoardings, or billboards, which have been popping up along the roadsides of the Orihuela Costa. The infrastructure department has advised that the majority of these hoardings do not meet the minimum legal requirements, such as identification of the owner of the board, a reference or check number, many lack liability insurance and some have been erected, illegally, on public land. Although the town hall is currently prepared to assist those billboard owners who want to legalise their structures, after a warning period, they will take action to remove the signs and may well send the bill for doing so to the owner or advertiser who appears on the boards.

Orihuela local police have arrested a man as the suspect in a robbery on Tuesday, when a 29 year old British woman was withdrawing money from a cash dispenser in Aguamarina, was attacked. The woman reported that a man had become aggressive towards her and she surrendered to him for fear of her safety. As a passer-by helped the woman, robber fled the scene. Having provided a detailed description of the man to the police, officers identified a suspect who matched that description fully, who was identified as a 52 year old, none native Spanish man. The police arrested him on suspicion of robbery with violence or intimidation.

Orihuela Local Police arrested three men, aged between 20 and 32, for allegedly stealing six chickens from a farm in Fortuna. The incident occurred on Sunday, when officers were alerted by a member of the public who had witnessed the theft and was following the vehicle, losing sight of it in the La Matanza area of Orihuela. Minutes later, officers observed a vehicle that matched the description of the one given, therefore deciding to stop the vehicle and examine the contents. The officers found chickens in the vehicle, as well as several branches of marijuana and pruning shears. The men claimed that the marijuana was for the chickens, which the farm owner had allowed them to take. However, the witness said that access to the farm was protected with a chain which had been broken in the same way that the mesh of the cage where chickens were was cut. Once identified as his own, the chickens were returned to their owner.

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