Chap caught red handed breaking into Zurgena townhall

Police were called to Zurgena townhall on Easter Thursday after an internal alarm went off, and when they checked the outside of the building, spotted a broken window with a pair of flip flops hanging off the reja. Their suspicions aroused, they got hold of someone with the keys and searched the building. Hunting around, they eventually discovered 45 F.J.C.M.,a local man, hiding flip flop less under a desk in an office. When they searched Continue reading

Ex-Mayor of Zurgena in court over 202 illegal homes

Candido Trabálon, who used to be Mayor of Zurgena and is currently the councillor for public works in a coalition government is in court today on trial for permitting the construction of eight massive apartment blocks containing 202 illegal homes. Oh, and two swimming pools. He is accused of issuing a building permit on non-urban lands. The Public Prosecutor wants 21 months of jail (under two years, he won’t go) and eight years suspension from Continue reading

Zurgena crime wave leaves residents in fear

Half a dozen homes have been robbed over the last few days in Zurgena, and residents are talking about forming their own vigilante groups, according to La Voz. The Guardia Civil have appealed for calm and say they are investigating. The fear is that now the robbers will move elsewhere in the Almanzora and carry out their attacks in other quiet little villages.

Local water declared drinkable

The Department of Health (sanidad) has issued a unified declaration of potability for the water of Galasa across the Levante. It comes after an extensive period of government testing of water at 83 urban centres across Carboneras, Mojácar, Turre, Antas, Arboleas, Cuevas del Almanzora, Garrucha, Huércal-Overa, Los Gallardos, Pulpí, Zurgena & Bédar.

Local gang preying on OAP’s nabbed

A gang of youth preying on OAP’s, mainly elderly women in Vera and Cuevas, have been arrested. Five men ageing from between 16 to 31 have been arrested by the Guardia Civil, living in Arboleas and Zurgena. They would travel down to Cuevas or Vera to either mug OAP’s, or snatch their bags. The group of youths seemed to be controlled by gang leader BMM, a local man from Zurgena, who would order the snatches Continue reading

Body of missing British resident found in Cuevas

The body of 60 year old British man living in Zurgena who went missing yesterday has been found in Cuevas. Guardia Civil teams searching for the man, who suffered from amnesia, were alerted to the presence of a body at the bottom of the Cala del Peñón Cortado. The London born man appears to have fallen off the cliffs. The fire brigade were called to help scale the cliff and retrieve his body. Police are Continue reading

17 million lottery prize goes to Zurgena and Arboleas

The ONCE first prize went to tickets sold in Zurgena and Arboleas, distributing 17 million euros across the two towns. One lucky first prize winner got 15 million euros in cash plus 6,000€ a month for the next 25 years, in the annual ONCE Mother’s Day lottery. Less, of course, the 35% government tax on such matters. Juan Fernandez (chap in the photo) was the bloke who sold the tickets. A further nine people won Continue reading

Jail for ex-mayor of Zurgena in urban corruption case

The ex-mayor of Zurgena for urban planning have been sentenced to 21 months in jail each after a Judge found them guilty of allowing homes to be built in rustic areas. Candido Trabalon, the ex-mayor, who is still currently the councillor for pubic works in Arboleas townhall, in coalition with the ruling party after he lost the last elections, continues to face trial on several other counts of urban corruption. The current judgement only relates Continue reading

Earthquakes shake province

Two earthquakes of 3.7 and 3.8 degrees on the Richter scale struck, around 1.50 am Tuesday morning, the municipalities of Cuevas del Almanzora and Zurgena, according to Civil Protection(via Europe Press). The earthquake of 3.7 degrees had its epicenter seven km underneath Cuevas del Almanzora, while that of 3.8 degrees was located in southeastern Zurgena, about ten miles deep. So far, no reports of property or personal damage.

Carboneras desalination plant FINALLY connected to the network, but I bet you still can’t drink the water

150,000 people will start to receive desalinated water from the Carboneras plant, after the Minister for the Environment opened the taps to allow water to flow from Carboneras to the Levante water network. The desalination plant was built several years ago in Carboneras, because that’s where the power plant is. But it was never connected to the Levante, because the water pipe that existed was designed to take water from Mojacar to Carboneras – and Continue reading