Torrevieja courts are investigating a series of alleged irregularities that may have taken place at the crematorium in the city, currently run by the company Grupo ASV, the fifth largest mortuary in the Valencia region.

It is alleged that freezers in the facility have been used to store more bodies than the capacity permits, stacking the deceased on top of each other, garages and corridors at the establishment are being used for storing some bodies due to lack of space, and documents carried by drivers are not always in line with the legal requirements.

The courts are looking into whether bodies have been stored in this way, in areas lacking in equipment and facilities required, such as those required to maintain the correct temperature, ventilation, and even furniture.

Depending on the findings of the court, the company could be facing charges of malpractice relating to matters of public health, failing the conservation of bodies and the resulting accelerated decomposition, and violations of working conditions of employees.

Working practices are also being investigated, as a number of reports suggest that staff have suffered harassment and bullying, with some drivers allegedly “coerced” and “threatened with dismissal” if they question the lack of documents carried.

Torrevieja Council has received a copy of the allegations from the Department of Health, meanwhile the manager at the facility is consistent in maintaining that allegations are “false” and that images provided to the courts are “forced”. The company themselves has launched an internal investigation to determine the source of the complaints.

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