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​Police Inspect Holiday Accommodation in Lanzarote

Police Inspect Holiday Accommodation in Lanzarote

The Guardia Civil in Teguise have conducted more than 30 inspections of holiday homes since December in the municipalities of Teguise and Haría that did not comply with current regulations on accommodation. To date, there are 114 cases of infringements.

The Guardia Civil point out that their main mission is to respond to the Level 4 Anti Terrorist Alert and are obliged to maintain a documentary record of people who stay in holiday accommodation.

Police have carried out inspections of different types of accommodation, and especially those offered through Internet sites dedicated to holiday rentals.

Police have discovered establishments and homes that are alleged to have committed administrative irregularities, mostly related to mandatory registration in the General Registry of Companies, Activities and Tourist Establishments, as well as lacking mandatory documentation specified in law.

Investigators remind offenders that such irregularities are punishable with fines ranging from 30,000 to 300,000 euros, suspension of the activity or closure, with fines ranging from 600 to 30,000 euros for other violations.

Police state that they will continue the inspections of different complexes and holiday apartments in Teguise and Haría municipalities, because of the rapid increase of rental activity from vacation tourism in these rural areas.

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​British Tourists Arrested for Mocking Gay Couple in Gran Canaria

British Tourists Arrested for Mocking Gay Couple in Gran Canaria

Police in Gran Canaria have arrested three British tourists who insulted and mocked a gay couple on a flight from the UK to the island. The harassment of the couple continued in the bus that transported them from the plane to the airport terminal.

The harassed couple filed a complaint upon arrival at the airport and provided the agents with data that allowed for the identification of the alleged perpetrators, which were three British tourists aged between 25 and 28 years.

The events occurred on February 8, during a flight between East Midlands airport and Gran Canaria.

With the data provided by the complainants, the Guardia Civil located and arrested the three perpetrators in Playa del Inglés, one of the tourist destinations in the south of the island.

The three are accused of a crime against human rights, and for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

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​£10,000 reward for information on British fugitive thought to be in Ibiza

£10,000 reward for information on British fugitive thought to be in Ibiza

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a murder suspect Bradley Blundell who may be using Ibiza as a place of safety. It comes as a teenager was cleared by a jury of killing a man outside a petrol station in Essex, England.

18-year-old Bradley Blundell is still at large, while two other teenagers have already been arrested and are being trialled.

John Pordage was shot in the chest following a confrontation outside the BP petrol station near the Army and Navy roundabout in Baddow Road, Chelmsford, in the early hours of August 5, 2017. The 34-year-old died in hospital a short time later, despite the efforts of members of the public and emergency services.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the incident. A second teenager, Saul Stanley, 18, was arrested and charged with various firearms offences also in connection with the incident. The pair stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday January 15.

On Friday February 9, the jury found the 16-year-old was not guilty of murder or manslaughter. Stanley was found guilty of two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm, one count of possession of ammunition without a certificate and perverting the course of justice. He was found not guilty of two further counts of possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate. He admitted a charge of handling stolen goods, which was in connection with a stolen motorbike that had been collected from Brentwood in the hours before the murder.

The 16-year-old also admitted perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

Following the verdicts and sentencing, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “A thorough investigation was carried out and the evidence put to the jury, who have made their decision, which of course we accept. My thoughts are very much with John’s family and friends at what is a very difficult time for them.”

The pair will return to the court on March 2 for sentence.

Detectives are still keen to trace 18-year-old Bradley Blundell in connection with the murder of John Pordage. He was last known to be living in Chelmsford, Essex. DCI Pasmore said: “We’ve received information to say he may be using Ibiza as a place to hide, although it is not known where he is at present.
We have also had information to suggest he has friends who regularly visit Ibiza. We remain determined to locate Bradley Blundell and bring him to trial.“

“I appeal to Bradley to give himself up. We will never give up searching for him and we are liaising with the National Crime Agency and colleagues abroad to locate him”. “We also have a European Arrest Warrant in place to facilitate his capture and there is a reward via the Crimestoppers charity for up to £10,000 for information leading to his arrest”.

“Bradley and those advising him need to consider whether he should live a life on the run; never knowing whether an arrest is imminent. It makes sense for Bradley to come forward and face trial now. He will of course have a fair trial and have the opportunity to explain what happened from his point of view. I’m not pre-empting any result but the fact is that as a juvenile, if he were to be convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in the near future, he would still be freed as a relatively young man. The day will come when Bradley will face trial. It is very much in everyone’s interest to do that sooner rather than later."

To be eligible for the reward of up to £10,000, please contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously. Anyone in the Balearic Islands or Spain who has information about Blundell’s whereabouts can call Crimestoppers on freephone 900 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

The reward is made up of £5,000 donated by the charity Crimestoppers and £5,000 donated by Essex Police.

£10,000 reward for information on British fugitive thought to be in Ibiza


​Serious Pile Up in Tenerife

Serious Pile Up in Tenerife

A serious car accident on the TF-46 at Piedra Hincada, Tenerife on Sunday morning has led to the death of a 60-year-old woman with two others left seriously injured.

Three vehicles were involved in the fatal accident, with one of the vehicles catching fire.

The woman was unable to be resuscitated at the scene. A second woman is suffering from serious brain injuries and has been taken to Candelaria Hospital. A 55-year-old man has been taken to Hospiten Sur with head trauma.

A number of other passengers were involved in the accident and were taken to hospital.

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​Kitesurfer Endangers Flights to Lanzarote

Kitesurfer Endangers Flights to Lanzarote

Tourists flying to Lanzarote were delayed when their planes were refused landing permission, because a kitesurfer was caught in the airport’s lights. A second flight to the island from Madrid was also delayed whilst the careless kitesurfer untangled himself.

The two flights affected were an Easyjet flight from Belfast and an Air Europa flight from Madrid. Both planes were due to land at Guacimeta airport in San Bartolomé. The planes were asked to circle until the flightpath was declared as safe to land.

The kitesurfer became stuck on the approach lights, and partly covered them. This type of accident is rare, even thought the island is very popular for its water sporting activities.

An investigation has been launched to examine why the kitesurfer had entered a restricted zone. The kitesurfer had disappeared by the time that police arrived, but will face a hefty fine if caught.

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