The top news stories from both the British and Spanish Newspapers this week.
Please note this webpage is constantly being updated with new up to the minute stories so pop back often for up to the minute news.
Be very wary of these highly toxic seeds which are being used to make earnings etc and sold on markets .G.Civil have confiscated hundreds. According to the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition, the seed ‘Abrus Precatorius’ contains the Abrina toxin, which can kill a person with a dose of three micrograms in blood, being toxic both by ingestion and by direct contact with a wound. Continue reading HERE
Ryanairs NEW baggage policy starts from 15th January 2018
For details on other airlines hand luggage Size and weight click HERE
Approval of the project to remodel Benidorm’s Mediterranean Avenue
The Advisory Council of Urban Scene has given its approval on Monday to the project of the first phase of remodeling of the avenue of the Mediterranean, which includes the stretch between El Puente Street and the Avd Europa.
Here is an artists impression of the finished project and nice to see NO cycle lane.
The cover of the UK passport will be returning to blue after the UK leaves the European Union, the Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis has announced.
After Brexit, the UK travel document will no longer be required to conform to EU standards. So in a move to symbolise our national identity, the cover will be changing from the standard EU burgundy colour to a blue and gold design.
Tourist trap: Britons risk missing their flights home as they face a two-day wait to replace lost passports
British travellers who lose their passports overseas will now have to wait two days to receive an emergency replacement.
Previously they could get temporary papers within hours, but the Foreign Office has quietly introduced a new trial system in which emergency applications are handled by officials in Poland and Spain instead of by individual consulates around Europe.
It means tourists could miss flights home and be landed with huge extra costs while they wait.
For further information click HERE
You can also read our comprehensive guide about obtaining an Emergency Passport HERE
Twin towers dilemma
CONTROVERSY continues to surround the two tower blocks known as Gemelos 28, built illegally at Punta Llisera in Benidorm, a few metres from the Levante beachfront.
The Valencian Superior Court of Justice has ratified a Supreme Court sentence ordering the regional government to pay for the cost of demolishing the buildings Continue reading here
NO Tourist Tax for the Valencia region in 2018
There will be no tourist tax, at least, during 2018. The Ministry of Finance, headed by Vicent Soler, is finalizing the budget document that will be sent to the Parliament for parliamentary processing, probably on October 31st – the last day of the deadline – without the detail of the tax that would tax tourist overnight stays in the Community. Read more HERE
Cable Car Project for Benidorm
The legendary businessman and builder Antonio Manuel Puchades will present, in a week’s time, all the details of the last big project that he plans on the tourist city: a cable car with which to fly over the natural park of Serra Gelada.
It is an initiative that has already been put on the table, a few years ago by a Russian businessman and now, has been resurrected Antonio Puchades, who still has land in the aforementioned natural park. As his father did in the past – Alfonso Puchades promoted important projects in Benidorm as the bullring or the municipal market – the builder has launched a step forward to continue to maintain his native town in the forefront of tourism .
An overly problematic bike lane
Mediterranean Avenue is full of traffic jams and the new roads cause the rejection of the drivers ask for it to be removed immediately.
The Mediterranean avenue of Benidorm, one of the main arteries of the city, changed its physiognomy almost a month ago. The City Council started a bike lane in this road that, until then, had two lanes of traffic in each direction. After two weeks of operation, it seems that the disadvantages have outweighed the advantages and led to the rejection of the drivers.
This new bike lane made one of the two ways of circulation in both directions only available for cycling, taxi or bus. That is, vehicles can only use one lane in each direction, which, together with the reduction of speed and the placement of traffic lights, causes long jams. Continue reading HERE
Benidorm´s Famous In Tempo Building sells for 60 Million
The Asset Management Company from Banking Restructuring (Sareb) finalizes the sale of In Tempo de Benidorm , as confirmed by real estate market sources to this newspaper. The entity chaired by Jaime Echegoyen handles an offer that exceeds 60 million euros . Sareb hopes to close the operation in the coming weeks. Continue reading HERE
Guardia Civil warn of new ATM scam
Many thieves have specialized in the so-called “false front”, which consists of a simulation of the cashier equipped with cameras to capture the key of the card . This is why it is also recommended to check that there is no evidence of tampering.
If you have problems with any ATM machine that you think may have been tampered with in any way please contact the bank direct and call 062 or 112.
Things to look for –
and in English –
- false front capture your key and money
- bulky card slot may mean there is a skimmer
- Loose slot, could be fake
- loose keyboard, could be false
- pay attention to who is around they may be waiting to use distraction techniques
Read the full story at lasprovincias.es
Benidorm.- Disrupted a criminal organization that swindled its victims by offering false holiday rentals
The National Police has detained four people from a criminal organization that was dedicated to committing scams by offering their victims false vacation rentals. Officials have so far clarified 170 such offenses.
The detainees used photographs of flats they found on the Internet and posted them on different internet platforms dedicated to renting real estate. Scam, usurpation of identity, and membership in a criminal group are some of the crimes attributed to the band.
A 5-month investigation that culminated in the disarticulation of the band and the arrest of the four members
The investigation began in April following a complaint lodged at Elda- Petrer police station. The victim reported that he had been swindled by those arrested, as he made the reservation payment for a rental apartment he never got to enjoy.
The activity of the swindlers, was centered in the coastal town of Benidorm. Once the scam was consummated, when the victims made the bank transfer as a reserve, two members of the gang were responsible for withdrawing the money at a cashier, in order to, thus, lose track of it.
The damage to the victims was double, the economic for the money they disbursed, and the “situation of total helplessness” in which they were when they arrived at their place of vacation and verified that there was no rented apartment. Continue reading benidormaldia
Benidorm to pedestrianise the street Doctor Perez Llorca
The Urban Scene Council gives the green light to the project, whose financing will come from funds earmarked for the remodeling of Avenida Mediterráneo – The route will follow the model of Calle Gambo – http://www.diarioinformacion.com/benidorm/2017/09/07/benidorm-peatonalizara-calle-doctor-perez/1933306.html