By Tara Rippin • 30 April 2020 • 20:15
ROADBLOCKS are in place on the A-1 from today and controls have been stepped up in the capital to crack down on movement over the national holiday weekend, in particular second home owners hoping to spend Labour Day on the coast as they normally would.
According to Madrid Police Headquarters, when officers from the Prevention and Reaction Unit (UPR) stopped a car at midday today, in the Puente de Vallecas district of Madrid, there were just two people visible.
When they looked inside, they saw nappies on the back seat and decided to check the whole vehicle – finding an ’18-year-old girl and a few-months-old baby hidden in the boot.’
The two adults claimed they had to sort out documents related to the Minimum Insertion Income.
But officers booked them for breaching State of Alarm and road safety offences.
The capital’s Chief of Police confirmed 770 fines were issued yesterday for flouting the confinement regulations, and three arrests were made.
This brings the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 34,104 sanctions and 756 arrests.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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