By John Smith • 26 February 2020 • 18:13
AFTER becoming aware of a 53-year-old man living rough in La Linea de la Concepcion who was known to suffer health and addiction problems, local authorities tried to persuade him to look for help.
Despite his refusal to seek aid, the Local Police kept a watchful eye over him and after discovering that he was sleeping rough in dangerous conditions in the old covered market, action was taken to obtain reports to put before a court.
Acting in collaboration, the Local Police, Social Services, Addiction Treatment Centre and the Gaditana de Tutela Foundation explained the situation to a judge who issued a court order so that he could be transferred by ambulance to a specialist centre in Jerez de la Frontera for treatment and care.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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