News in Brief for Alicante province’s Costa Blanca South area

IBERIAN SCULPTURE: The Dama de Elche bust was discovered in the city in 1897 Photo credit: Emilio J Rodriguez Posada

Dama dispute ELCHE city council rejected once again a Partido Popular motion criticising Culture Minister Miquel Iceta.  Tabled on February 28, the PP condemned the Ministry’s refusal to allow the Fifth Century BC Dama de Elche sculpture to return to the city where it was found as a “political decision.” 

Good choice PRODUCTION company Fresco Film Services described as “a great success” the choice of Alicante City as a logistics base for The Interpreter, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The 250 people involved spent €2.5 million in the city on hotel accommodation, eating out and leisure activities.  

Not here ENVIRONMENTALIST groups, Friends of the South Alicante Wetlands (AHSA) and friends of Sierra Escalona (ASE), are formally appealing against Orihuela city council’s approval of plans for 2,000 properties in Cala Mosca. The project is invalid, they claim, as it ignores the vital Vega Baja Territorial Action Plan (PAT).  

Tax evader TORREVIEJA’S Policia Nacional arrested a 53-year-old Russian wanted in his own country on tax evasion charges dating back to 2007 and 2008.  Believed to be living in Israel, where he had relatives, or Spain, he was traced to Torrevieja, from where he was transferred to Madrid, awaiting extradition. 

Joyriders hurt FOUR youths were injured in Los Desamparados in Orihuela on February 27 after their stolen vehicle crashed into a tree.  Three of the car’s seven occupants, all underage Morrocans, fled on foot while four others were taken to hospital where one remains in intensive care under police custody.  

Go slower NINE out of every 10 vehicles driven in Elche ignore the speed limit on both urban and interurban roads, the Policia Local revealed.  With fewer people working from home, roads are busier and motorists are speeding once more, officers said.

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Linda Hall

Originally from the UK, Linda is based in Valenca and is a reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering local news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]