Roulette cheats nabbed

Two men from Roquetas de Mar have been arrested for using a radiofrequency device to cheat a roulette machine out of €1,900. The scam was cunning in its technological achievement (unless they just bought the thing off e-.bay) but naive in implementation. The two men arrived at a local casino last March 7 and within 20 minutes had won all the money. As the croupier became suspicious, the two men cashed in their winnings and Continue reading

Civil Protection equipment lost – Garrucha says resources were ‘squandered’

Garrucha council claims the previous administration “squandered” resources of the town’s civil protection units by allowed equipment to be “abandoned and ransacked”. An internal audit has laid bare the true cost of not properly maintaining emergency equipment. The council says the worst example is that of two zodiac boats used by lifeguards. The sea patrols have not been in use since 2011 due to budget cutbacks, and the boats have been found in a terrible Continue reading

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

Lottery again favours Roquetas

Just days after the El Gordo went to Roquetas del Mar (452 million euros…), the El Niño lottery has also favoured the town – two tickets of first prize 22654 were sold in the town, worth 200,000 euros apiece. El Mundo says one man bought both tickets, and that he had earlier won on El Gordo, so that’s a nice Christmas for him. It’s small beans compared to the El Gordo win. The first prize Continue reading

Arrested for stealing 10 tons of lemons

Two men were arrested for driving two vans full of lemons around early one morning recently in Roquetas. Unable to explain what they were up to, the police  decided to nick them and let justice sort it out. The two van had 2,6 tons of freshly picked lemons (someone had been busy). Further investigations revealed that a local farm had lost some 10 tons of lemons in a night, valued at some 8.000 euros. Police Continue reading

Roquetas drugs arrest

The Guardia Civil have arrested two men running a home delivery drug service in Roquetas del Mar. The police became suspicious after noting a large number of non residents driving through an urbanisation in the outskirts of the city, and mounted a surveillance operation. They quickly noted that people were going to the same flat for very short periods of time. Uniformed officers swooped on clients throughout the course of a day and seized drugs Continue reading

Leroy Merlin must pay €6,5 million compensation for not coming to Almería city

Leroy Merlin has been ordered to pay €6.5 million euros in compensation to a builder in Almería for breach of contract, after it decided against setting up a new superstore in the city. Bogaris Retail SL,, the company behind the Torrecardenas retail park, had arranged in 2007 that Leroy would be setting up there; the company reserved 12,500 metres for their superstore and gave a cheque for €600,000. The licenses had to be in place Continue reading

Roquetas townhall caught using spam bots to promote bullfights

Roquetas townhall has been using spam bots to promote the towns bullfighting festivals across social media networks, according to a complaint from the opposition IU party. The ruling PP party under Mayor Gabriel Amat has for years been promoting bullfighting in Roquetas, paying tens of thousands a year from townhall coffers to organise them. Part of the excuse for the bullfights was that it attracts tourism, and the townhall has in the past pointed to Continue reading

Groupers find new home in Roquetas Aquarium

The Mediterranean grouper (mero in Spanish*) is a protected species, as we’ve eaten most of them, and so scientists receive EU money to try to breed the little buggers. Trouble is, sometimes the programme doesn’t work, and what to do then with 20 massive fish weighing up to 24 kg each? Eat them would be the obvious answer, but again, they’re protected.

Roquetas aquarium collapses over 9,500€ electric bill

Roquetas Aquarium has been served notice that it’s electricity supply will be cut off on the 7th of Feb if it does not settle an outstanding 9,500€ electric bill with Endesa. The Aquarium, the largest in Andalucia, is struggling under a 3,5 million euro debt, and its director says cutting off its electricty will cause the death of over a 1,000 examples of different species, including some rare and protected fish, as it has been Continue reading