News in brief

NO COMPENSATION The Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance company does not need to pay out a €60,000 life insurance whose holder had died after playing a friendly game of paddle. His insurers refused to pay out claiming that the man’s death, caused by a pulmonary thrombosis after he damaged his knee, was “not an accident”. Although the family initially won the backing of a local court, the insurance company appealed and the Supreme Continue reading News in brief

Piglet killers fired and charged with animal cruelty

A video of two pig farm workers from Húercal-Overa killing 72 piglets by jumping on them has made the town notorious across the world, being reproduced in media across Europe. Two workers of Pienso Garla, 19 and 22 years of age, filmed themselves squashing the piglets to death and then sent the video to friends via the Whatsapp mobile phone application. They were supposed to be herding them to a new pen when one of Continue reading Piglet killers fired and charged with animal cruelty

Nijar in grip of crime wave

San Isidro in Nijar is in the grip of a crime wave, with an average of four break-ins a day being reported to police over the last month. Mayor Esperanza Pérez said: “I have convened a security meeting for next week with local authorities to discuss the matter. Recently Níjar municipality has been hit with a crime wave which obviously has made local residents nervous. I have requested additional Guardia Civil patrols for the area Continue reading Nijar in grip of crime wave

Two lorry accidents close motorway

Two different accidents involving trailer lorries closed the A-7 motorway twice last Sunday. In the first incident, an articulated lorry carrying fruit caught fire at km point 549 near Húercal-Overa on the Murcía bound lane at 2:30 am, closing the motorway for more than eleven hours. Fire inspectors believe the lorry caught fire after a wheel exploded. The driver and passenger were able to escape from the blaze unhurt and alerted the authorities. Although the Continue reading Two lorry accidents close motorway