Policeman dies in Almeria chasing illegal taxi

21 year old Francisco Javier Balbín París, a local policeman in Almeria, who died on Tuesday after crashing his motorbike while chasing an illegal taxi that refused to stop at his command, was buried with full honours last night in Almeria. He had served only since last December.

The Mayor of Almeria has declared two days of official mourning, with flags to be flown at half mast, and awarded the young man the Golden Medal of the city of Almeria.

He is from an old policing family in Almeria, and his father is subinspector of the Local Police in Almeria city. The taxi driver has since been arrested. No doubt the local police will now start to do something about the illegal taxi problem in Almeria – only last week the taxi guild gave them a list of over 200 cars they suspect are being used as illegal taxis.

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