Stamp commemorating a thousand years of Almería launched

Correos had a presentation yesterday of a commemorative stamp illustrating the thousand year anniversary of the Kingdom of Almería – 1014 – 2014. This seems to have come two years late, so I may be missing something in this story. The backdrop is from an early 19th century lithograph taken by Nicolás Mª Chapuy, whereas the forefront is a modern photo by Pako Manzano. The big “m” is the official logo of the “Milenio Reino Continue reading Stamp commemorating a thousand years of Almería launched

19 arrested in Almería for forcing abortions for the insurance money

A major police operation last night and today have resulted in 19 people being arrested in Almeria city for running an insurance scam in which women became pregnant, aborted, and then claiming they had miscarried due to traffic accidents, for the insurance money. 12 of the people arrested are women. Charges levied appear to be defrauding insurance companies, illegal abortion and belonging to a criminal gang. Women involved in the scam would fall pregnant. Once Continue reading 19 arrested in Almería for forcing abortions for the insurance money

Paedophile arrested

A man has been arrested in Almeria city accused of forming part of a paedophile network who produced and sold child pornography over the internet. The arrest was part of a national swoop on 81 individuals in 28 cities across Spain. Agents of the National police discovered the network whilst actively searching for such material on the internet. Police say that several children have also been taken into care, and that some of the images Continue reading Paedophile arrested

Almeria airport schedules for 2016

Nothing exciting in the way of new flights for Almeria duringh 2016, unless you like flying to London (16 flights a week during summer) or Brussels (10 flights a week during summer). Thompson is launching a new charter flight this summer between London and Almeria – it’s the same one they announced last year but never got around to doing. Thomas Cook will be operating additional flights during the summer as well. Monarch will be Continue reading Almeria airport schedules for 2016

€240,000 in stamps ‘stolen’ from university

A civil servant at the University of Almería has been charged with fraud after auditors found he had spent €240,000 supposedly buying stamps over the last twelve years. The public prosecutor alleges the man was handing in false invoices every fifteen days to justify taking money from petty cash. The invoices were not issued by the state postal service, Correos, but were never questioned by the University accountants. Alarm bells were rung after auditors spotted Continue reading €240,000 in stamps ‘stolen’ from university

Jet2: no plans to fly to Almeria

Despite much excitement  last summer about Jet2 planning to fly to Almeria airport, including a leak from the county council about the plans, I’ve just been in touch with Jet2 who say “it’s not currently in our plans for 2016” to fly here. Obviously So that’s that rumour squashed. Back to Malaga airport it is! is the UK’s third largest tour operator by volume and also operates a fleet of 49 planes flying to Continue reading Jet2: no plans to fly to Almeria

Who killed Francisco Fernandez?

A court has ordered the closure of an investigation into a brutal murder that shocked the province in 2012, after police failed to charge any suspects. Francisco Fernandez was a 69 year old businessman from Vicar who was found tortured to death in his flat on July 10, 2012. His home had been targeted before by criminals as his business generated significant cash revenue. Sr Fernandez was tied to a chair and tortured “with extreme Continue reading Who killed Francisco Fernandez?

Almeria “to do what it takes” to get an IKEA

Almeria city is ready to “do what it takes” to get an IKEA says the council, although the original Spanish headline I read was more along the lines of separating knees… ahe hem. Land, permits and a big smile are all on the table ready from the Swedes if they deign to pop by. They’ve been trying to open in Granada or Valencia but have been having problems, so Almeria is trying to grab the Continue reading Almeria “to do what it takes” to get an IKEA

News across Almeria

NIJAR SEAFRONT San José in Nijar is to get a new sea front promenade thanks for a 400.000 euro grant from the national government. Senator Rafael Hernandez (PP) said it was an important investment into a major tourism zone and would help improve tourism figures in an area that was economically dependent upon this sector. Work on the promenade started in 1999 but were cancelled for budget reasons in 2000 by the local council. Work Continue reading News across Almeria

Woman attacked in Satanic ritual

A woman’s life was apparently saved last Thursday after a quick thinking pair of local police officers in Almeria city rescued her from what appears to have been a “satanic ritual”. The 44 year old Uruguayan woman had replied to a job advert, meeting a 43 year man from Madrid in a local bar at six pm. He had discussed the job with her, and then invited her back to his “office” to meet his Continue reading Woman attacked in Satanic ritual