San Javier makes it easier to pay local taxes
Credit and debit card payments are now accepted, as are online transfiers Residents of the municipality of San Javier can now pay their local taxes by credit and debit card at the Oficina Municipal..

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Spanish honey producers have a bee in their bonnet over insufficient labelling
Chinese imports threaten the viability of native and EU honey production One of the issues under discussion at a meeting of Spain’s national association of beekeepers in Murcia last week was..

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Hansa Urbana demand the right to build the controversial Novo Carthago development
The company demands 140 million euros from Cartagena Town Hall unless permission is given It might be assumed that plans to create the “Novo Carthago” resort at the southern end of the Mar..

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Seven puppies rescued from water deposit in Las Torres de Cotillas
The search is on for the owner of the puppies, all of which are in care at an animal refuge centre The Policía Local of Las Torres de Cotillas were called out last Friday to an irrigation farming..

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165 cubic metres removed from the shore of the Mar Menor in 2 weeks
Efforts to clean up the lagoon and the coastline continue in Los Nietos and Los Urrutias As water quality improves gradually in the Mar Menor the manual cleaning teams employed by the regional..

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Podemos request motor home ban in the rambla and other plots in La Azohía
Many local residents resent the influx of winter tourists in the east of the bay of Mazarrón The annual influx of autumn and winter motorhome campers in the village of La Azohía, in the west..

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Jumilla wineries welcome bumper 2018 grape harvest
This year’s crop in the vineyards of Jumilla is excellent in terms of both quantity and quality The grape growers and wine producers of the Denomination of Origin of Jumilla, in the north of..

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Murcia escapes weekend gota fría downpours
Murcia crop farmers welcome the rain as the worst of the weather hits the province of Málaga The “gota fría” storm warnings over the weekend proved to be well-founded in the province of M..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 19th October 2018
Gota fría storm warning in place again in the Costa Cálida For most of the last week the news in the Region of Murcia has been dominated by just one story, with meteorologists warning that one..

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Águilas schoolchildren join drive to reduce plastic contamination
Pupils will analyse the waste collected on the beaches and publish their results Secondary school pupils in Águilas spent Thursday morning on the beaches near the town centre as they joined the..

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10 roads to avoid during heavy rain in the Region of Murcia
The Murcia government highlights ten minor roads prone to flooding and mudslides In the light of the heavy rain forecast in the Region of Murcia on Saturday the regional government has published..

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Totana dismantles anniversary exhibition ahead of Gota Fria alert
On Saturday the Guadalentín valley is on orange alert for torrential rains Totana council has taken the decision to dismantle an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence..

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Gota Fría in Murcia: the worst is yet to come
Emergency services advise the public to stock up on essentials on Friday and avoid going out on Saturday The heavy rain which flooded roads in parts of Murcia on Thursday evening was just an aperitif..

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Murcia set to become the first region of Spain to ban abandoned pet euthanasia
Veterinary recommendation will be the only exception as Murcia seeks to tighten up animal welfare law Murcia is likely to become the first of Spain’s 17 regions to introduce a law specifically..

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Road closures and localized flooding in Murcia in Thursday evening Gota Fría storm
60 millimetres of rain in Murcia but that could be just a foretaste of what’s to come on Saturday! The warnings of possible heavy rain in Murcia proved well founded on Thursday evening, when..

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Climatology experts warn of more frequent “gota fría” storms in the future
Global warming makes the storms heavier and more frequent, although fewer lives are being lost due to improved forecasting One of the effects of global warming and climate change on the Mediterranean..

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BBVA customers warned of email phishing fraud
Customers are requested to enter secure details to validate a “new security system” The Murcia consumers’ association Consumur has issued a warning to customers of the BBVA bank that thousands..

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Controversy over “replica” statue of the angel of San Roque in El Palmar church
Critics compare the new figure to the botched restorations in Borja and Estella Four months after the sculpture of the Angel of San Roque was stolen from the church of La Purísima in El Palmar..

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Murcia man rescued from 6-metre fall into abandoned water treatment tank
The incident occurred near the Nueva Condomina shopping mall and football stadium The Policía Local of the municipality of Murcia were called out to the countryside near the Nueva Condomina football..

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Preparations under way for Barbary sheep hunting to resume in Sierra Espuña
Naturalists maintain that the “invasive” species should be eradicated from the Region of Murcia For a few years it appeared that visitors to the mountains of Sierra Espuña in central and south..

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Former Corvera airport management company ordered to pay 19.5 million euros in interest
Aeromur failed to pay back a 182.6-million euro loan which was guaranteed by the Murcia government in 2013 As the opening of the Region of Murcia International Airport on 15th January 2019 approaches..

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Jumilla Bodegas BSI presents solidarity wine to donate profits to local charity
Bodegas BSI is marketing the Sabatacha wine to support a local charity for the mentally disabled On 12th October Bodegas BSI, one of the largest of the companies producing D.O. Jumilla wines and..

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Third dengue fever case confirmed after tiger mosquito transmission in Spain
The patient is a relative of the two residents of Alhama de Murcia whose cases were made public last week A third case of dengue fever being contracted from an Asian tiger mosquito bite in Spain..

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Plans for huge Wolf King fortress and archaeology park outside Murcia
The Monteagudo area includes 3 12th-century castles and a palace built by Ibn Mardanis An area of over 1.5 million square metres around Monteagudo, where the Rio de Janiero-style statue of Jesus..

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Murcia-Almería AVE high-speed rail line contract bids invited at 13,000 euros per metre
16 homes are among 259 expropriations proposed to allow the line out of Murcia to run underground Controversy continues to surround the AVE high-speed rail network in the Region of Murcia, with..

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12 more migrants brought ashore in Cartagena: 87 in the last 5 days
Unauthorized immigrants walk free in Alicante as detention centres are full 12 more migrants were picked up by Spain’s maritime rescue service on Tuesday off the coast of the Region of Murcia..

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Murcia firm denies involvement in 25-million-euro tuna over-fishing scam
80 tons of tuna were among the items confiscated during a series of swoops in June Further details were made public on Tuesday concerning the Guardia Civil investigation into the alleged over-fishing..

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No official warnings in Murcia yet but heavy rain could be on the way
Police warn campers not to park in ramblas as rain threatens from Thursday until at least Sunday The meteorologists at Aemet have not issued any specific warning related to heavy rain in the Region..

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Notaries report 15 per cent second-quarter rise in Murcia property sales
Average prices in the Region are reported to have risen by a healthy 3.3 per cent Spain’s notaries have published the regional breakdown of their data repeated to property sales in the second..

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Over half a ton of lead angling weights collected off the Murcia coastline
Over 100 volunteer divers have retrieved 585 kilos of recyclable lead from the sea bed There has been a considerable increase this year in the level of public awareness in Murcia regarding the..

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190,000 euros for more emergency reinforcements at Mula castle
The Murcia government moves to protect the 16th century Castillo de los Vélez The regional government of Murcia has announced that more emergency consolidation work is to be carried out at Mula..

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CO2 exhaust emissions up in Murcia despite falling diesel car sales
The latest diesel engines emit 20 per cent less CO2 than their petrol equivalents Data released last week by Faconauto, the association of car dealerships in Spain, show that the average CO2 emission..

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Lucky loggerheads return to the Mediterranean after being caught up in plastic waste and fishing lines
The three turtles were released into the wild in the regional park of Calblanque Three loggerhead sea turtles were released into the Mediterranean in the regional park of Calbanque, Peña del Á..

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Possible “gota fría” storms in Murcia on Thursday and Friday
A DANA depression will threaten Mediterranean coastal regions of Spain later this week The weather in the Region of Murcia took a turn for the autumnal on Tuesday morning, with temperatures dropping..

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Unexploded shell and hand grenade deactivated in the Murcia countryside
The devices were found by walkers in Caravaca de la Cruz and El Carmolí The discovery of live explosive devices in the countryside is surprisingly common in the Region of Murcia and the rest of..

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Deaf charity scam returns to the Region of Murcia
Don’t be conned by people purporting to be collecting for a charity for the deaf The FASEN association, which represents the deaf of the Region of Murcia and their relatives, has issued a warning..

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Archena Town Hall in hot water over International Men’s Day celebration
Critics say the “King of your Home” event is sexist and shows an anti-feminist attitude The Town Hall of Archena has found itself at the centre of controversy after an announcement was made..

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Dengue fever: the extent of the tiger mosquito threat in Murcia
40 per cent of traps in the Costa Cálida have contained tiger mosquito eggs this year Following the news last week that the first ever cases of dengue fever being contracted from Asian tiger mosquito..

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Cabo de Palos lighthouse opens to visitors for the first time on 3rd and 4th November
A draw will be held to decide the first 110 visitors to the tower in its 156-year history The Port Authority of Cartagena is making progress towards the opening of the iconic lighthouse in Cabo..

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Two rescued from boat after engine room fire off the coast of Mazarrón
The boat was brought ashore in the marina of Puerto de Mazarrón Two people were rescued from a boat a kilometre from the coast of Mazarrón on Sunday morning after a fire broke out in the engine..

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75 more migrants reach Murcia as the flood reaches record levels in Spain
Cartagena Red Cross asks to use the Hospital Naval to house the unauthorized arrivals Despite rougher sea conditions over the weekend there was still no sign of any slowing down in the almost unprecedented..

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85 million euros budgeted for decontamination of abandoned mines in Murcia
The 10-year project will be carried out in Cartagena, La Unión and Mazarrón The regional government of Murcia has given its approval to a plan to decontaminate 29 old mining sites in the municipalities..

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60 seahorses released back into the Mar Menor as anti-jellyfish netting is removed
Another 50 seahorses are inhabiting a special reserve area in the lagoon As the anti-jellyfish netting which protects bathers at the beaches of the Mar Menor is withdrawn after the summer, the..

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Heavy showers in Murcia as Hurricane Leslie crosses Spain
Monday’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies in the Costa Cálida As the tail end of Hurricane Leslie swept across the Iberian Peninsula on Sunday the Region of Murcia did not escape the strong..

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Over a million passengers this year at San Javier by the end of September
87 per cent of September passengers were on flights to and from the UK and Ireland Within three weeks the last season of summer flight rosters will have closed at the airport of Murcia San-javier..

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Ryanair confirm no decision has yet been made relating to Corvera airport transfer and flights
The official company line remains that it will offer 11 routes next summer at San Javier! As the last summer season of flights into and out of Murcia-San Javier airport nears its conclusion at..

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47 per cent increase in residential construction in Murcia this year
Increased demand is making the sector “sustainable” again according to promoters Such has been the upturn in activity in the Murcia residential property market over the last two years that..

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Cartagena Mayoress considers inviting property developers to decontaminate radioactive land
If the area of El Hondón is developed it could feature residential properties alongside the high-speed rail line The issue of radioactivity on the area of land known as El Hondón, just outside..

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Less forest fire damage in Murcia this summer than in any of the last 20 years
The vast majority of fires were started, either by accident or deliberately, by human beings It may be tempting fate to mention the fact, but with the long hot summer now over the amount of land..

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Two rescued from house fire in Lorca
Firefighters needed 3 hours to put out the flames due to the amount of rubbish in the property Firefighters in Lorca rescued two people from an abandoned property after neighbours reported seeing..

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Murcia-Castilla La Mancha water war heats up as regional loyalties overcome inter-party differences
The PP party in Castilla La Mancha campaigns to restrict water transfers to the Segura basin The on-going “water war” between the regional governments of Murcia and Castilla-La-Mancha appears..

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Two Alhama residents are the first to contract dengue from tiger mosquitoes in Spain
The infection is thought to have taken place in Murcia, Cádiz or Madrid For a number of years now medical experts and naturalists have been warning that the Asian tiger mosquito is establishing..

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Giant mural completed in the La Paz district of Murcia
The painted female face is among the largest yet created in Spain A new mural painting which has been created over the last couple of weeks in the La Paz district of the city of Murcia is seeking..

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10 more migrants reach Cabo de Palos as the 3-day total in southern Spain tops 2,000
Resources in Andalucía are over-stretched as detention centres reach overflow limits The constant migratory flow from northern Africa to the southern shores of Europe may have slowed in Italy..

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La Torre Golf Resort hotel re-opening illustrates the optimism brought by Corvera airport
Other hotels are also re-opening as Corvera and other factors create expectations of tourism growth in Murcia The news on Monday that the luxury hotel on La Torre Golf Resort in Torre Pacheco is..

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San Javier Time Bank scheme resumes with 47 courses on offer
This fantastic initiative in San Javier offers a range of activities in return for your time The municipality of San Javier has announced the program of activities for the 2018/19 year of the Time..

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BA abandon plans for Murcia-Heathrow flights next summer
Aena report that services at San Javier airport proved less profitable than expected It has now been confirmed by Aena that British Airways is not planning to resume its twice weekly flights between..

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Abandoned 10-metre boat removed from the Mar Menor in Los Urrutias
The Murcia government is planning to remove around 50 sunken and semi-sunken boats from the lagoon The Murcia government’s initiative to contribute to the protection and regeneration of the marine..

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Former Corvera airport management company loses another court battle
Aeromur ordered to pay legal costs after another failed appeal in the courts of Murcia With the scheduled opening date for the new Region of Murcia International Airport now only just over 3 months..

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International tourism spending in the Costa Cálida up by 15 per cent this year
Brits account for over 40 per cent of the economic activity generated by visitors from abroad Following the publication of the latest figures regarding international tourism in Spain last week..

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La Torre Golf Resort hotel to be re-opened by Hilton
The hotel will become part of the Double Tree by Hilton chain towards the end of the year The Hilton hotel chain has confirmed the signing of a franchise agreement with Empresas Phoenix to open..

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Murcia government proposes floodwater channel diversions in Campo de Cartagena
The ambitious scheme would protect the Mar Menor and reduce the risk of flooding in built-up areas The regional government of Murcia is hoping for approval from the national Ministry of Ecological..

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Murcia government promoting the use of environmentally friendly hunting cartridges
Bullet casings made from zinc instead of lead are already mandatory at wetland sites in Murcia The regional government of Murcia is working on a scheme to make it obligatory for hunters to use “..

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15 migrants land at Águilas beach as over 1,000 were intercepted in the Mediterranean this weekend
The flow of migrants heading for Spain from north Africa is in danger of becoming a flood! The flow of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to the southern coast of mainland Spain..

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11 face charges after renting out non-existent apartments in La Manga
A total of 254 frauds netted the group over 100,000 euros 11 Spanish nationals have been arrested in Madrid for perpetrating a total of 254 frauds by renting out non-existent apartments in various..

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Temporary exhibition in the ARQUA examines the plundering of Spain's sunken treasures
Ciencia frente a Expolio: las campañas al yacimiento de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes The ARQUA National Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Cartagena is the venue for an exhibition dedicated..

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Joining a Universidad Popular course can help with integration and new skills
There are courses all over the Murcia Region which will resume in the autumn The Ed's personal account of attending an esparto weaving course. If you live in the Murcia Region and would like to..

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Meaty Melva is an ideal fish for Mediterranean cazuelas and guisos
Pepita’s Cazuela de Melva Empanada is a local recipe from Isla Plana Melva is just one of the environmentally sustainable fish species which can be used for this family recipe. Much has been written..

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Wild tortoise ownership in Murcia and Spain: illegal but surprisingly common
How to get back on the right side of the law if you own a tortoise in Murcia Many members of the public are unaware of the fact, but since 1st July 2015 it has officially been illegal in Spain..

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Bonfire licences and disposing of garden rubbish in the Region of Murcia
Regional laws prohibit the lighting of bonfires in urban areas For expats moving to Spain one of the aspects of rules and regulations which it is very difficult to learn about is the issue of bonfires..

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The long shadow of Alicante-Elche looms large over Corvera airport
Fears over the viability of Corvera as the Spanish government continues to invest in growth at the airport in El Altet Mariano Rajoy, the president of the Spanish government, announced on Thursday..

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Another box ticked on the path towards the opening of Corvera airport
The new management company is officially inscribed on the Mercantile Register Another tiny step forward towards the opening of the new international airport in Corvera was taken on Wednesday, when..

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Important security alert: Protecting your system against the latest cyber threats, Spectre and Meltdown
Just what are Spectre and Meltdown, the latest cyber threats, and how can you protect your device? Recently, two new cyber threats, known as Spectre and Meltdown, were brought to light by cyber..

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Discover the link between Corvera airport and a gastronomic speciality of San Javier!
The rival airports are connected through one of the most illustrious families in the modern history of Murcia The 10th January 2018 marks the 95th anniversary of one of the major achievements of..

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17th January, pianist Paris Tsenikoglou at the Auditorio Víctor Villegas in Murcia
Music by Borodin, Kodaly, Chopin and Tchaikovsky at the Murcia auditorium The Region of Murcia Symphony Orchestra (OSRM), under the baton of guest conductor Mario Ortuño, are joined by pianist..

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Cueva del Arco in Cieza, prehistoric art and a site which was occupied by in Neanderthal times
The Cieza caves may help explain how and why the Neanderthals died out The Cueva del Arco in Cieza is a spectacular rock formation where a large arch has been formed by erosion, hence its name..

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Understanding water and the drought in Murcia and the Segura basin
Where our water comes from, what it is used for, and why there isn’t enough In late 2017 the Region of Murcia and the rest of the Segura basin are facing one of the most serious droughts in recent..

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Holidays for Murcia and the rest of Spain in 2018
13 “red days” in Murcia in 2018, plus two extra in each municipality The list of public holidays in Spain for 2018 has been published this week in the Official State Bulletin, confirming that the..

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Reminder: depositing rubbish in the bin before 9pm is illegal in many areas
Bin abuse can lead to nasty fines It’s hot, it’s August and the higher temperatures inevitably lead to fresh fruit and veg going off quickly if damaged and the rubbish bins emitting an unpleasant..

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