Weekend weather in the Costa Cálida: sunny skies and temperatures nudging 20
Still no sign of rain as the autumn of 2017 threatens to break records in Murcia The Costa Cálida continues to enjoy stable meteorological conditions as the weekend begins, with clear skies and warm..

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60 new lightweight portable speed guns for motorbike traffic police
860,000 euros invested in making speed traps harder for drivers to spot The DGT traffic authorities are to invest approximately 860,000 euros in acquiring 60 more portable radar speed guns for use..

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Precautions for online shoppers in Spain as Black Friday approaches
A huge internet fraud has conned numerous shoppers over recent days As Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season approach the national cyber-security agency in Spain has this week warned of an..

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Minor seismic tremor to the north of Lorca
The tremor measured just 1.6 on the Richter scale A minor earthquake measuring only 1.6 in the Richter scale occurred at 3.36 on Friday morning a few kilometres north of the city of Lorca. No damage..

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Beware killer heaters and braziers as the winter begins!
An incident in San Pedro del Pinatar on Thursday highlights the dangers of defective braziers As colder weather sets in at last in the Region of Murcia many people will be digging out heaters and radiators..

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Rainbow pavement in Cieza to show support for LGTBi community
Road repairs with a message in the centre of Cieza! The Town Hall of Cieza has begun work to re-lay the pavement and re-surface the road outside the Padre Salmerón municipal library and the Convento..

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Six Syrian refugees on their way to new homes in Murcia
214 more refugees arrived in Spain on Thursday The rate at which refugees from Iraq and Syria are re-located to Spain continues to be painfully slow, but further progress was made on Thursday when..

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Murcia president demands water supply guarantee from Spanish government
López Miras insists that Constitutional reform should guarantee water for all of Spain Fernando López Miras, who has been president of the regional government of Murcia since 3rd May this year..

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Shoplifting teenage mother arrested in Alcantarilla for abandoning baby
The 20-month-old was left behind after the mother was caught red-handed A teenage mother has been arrested by the Policía Nacional for abandoning her 20-month-old child in a supermarket in Alcantarilla..

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Former seafront kiosk reinstalled outside Cartagena sports pavilion
Five more of the structures will be re-installed in Cartagena next year As work continues to finally complete the new Palacio de Deportes on the western edge of the city of Cartagena, the latest..

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Nativity scene decorations: sausage rolls are out but defecating politicians are acceptable!
UK Christians upset at sausage roll nativity scene stunt, but in Spain the figure of a man emptying his bowels is entirely acceptable! Christmas is still over five weeks away, but already some..

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Cyclists pledge year-round support for Águilas seed bomb scheme
Support grows for the socially inclusive reforestation initiative in Águilas The “seed bomb” reforestation scheme promoted by the Town Hall of Águilas continues to gather momentum and support..

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Murcia farmers warn of another winter vegetable shortage
Crop fields further inland may have better irrigation, but low temperatures reduce yield Last year it was the much-hyped “courgette crisis”, and as winter temperatures arrive in south-eastern..

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Scaffolding removed from historic Lorca building after over six years
Restoration progressing well at the Palacio de Irurita in Lorca Another historic building in Lorca is moving closer to being fully restored after the damage suffered during the earthquakes of May..

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Close seasons for amateur octopus fishing next year in Murcia
Four months of protection for octopuses at the beaches of the Costa Cálida During the summer it is not uncommon in the Costa Cálida to see amateur scuba divers hoping to strike lucky and harpoon..

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Golden eagle scours an area of 440 km2 to find a new home in north-west Murcia
The spent 8 months at the El Valle wildlife centre recovering from bullet wounds A golden eagle which was re-released into the wild three weeks ago from the wildlife recovery centre of El Valle is..

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4 months to renew identity documents in Fuente Álamo!
The mobile Policía Nacional unit currently visits Fuente Álamo just once a month Members of the Ciudadanos party in Fuente Álamo have welcomed the new central government delegate to the Region of..

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New central government delegate to Murcia sworn in
Francisco Bernabé pledges his support for the regional government of Murcia Francisco Bernabé was officially appointed the new central government delegate to the Region of Murcia on Wednesday..

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Another nippy morning in the Costa Cálida
Temperatures below or close to zero in most inland areas of Murcia As cold clear conditions continue to prevail in the Region of Murcia for many people it was another case of numb fingers and tingling..

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Still barely a cloud in the Murcia sky as the second half of November begins
Thursday in the Costa Cálida: clear skies, bright sunshine, a cold mornings and a warm afternoon The main feature of the weather in Murcia this week has been the cold might-time minimum temperatures..

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Free car park on the way at the Santa Lucía hospital in Cartagena
A motor home park is also on the agenda for Cartagena in the near future Ever since the new Santa Lucía hospital in the eastern outskirts of the city of Cartagena opened in 2010 it has been the..

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Murcia wildlife park installs stork nesting points
Up to eleven storks have been spotted in Terra Natura Murcia at times The white stork is generally a migratory bird, travelling from Africa in the winter to breed in Europe during the northern hemisphere..

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Águilas helps new businesses to create employment
Another beneficiary signs on to the small business incubator program in Águilas The small businesses incubator program in Águilas continues offering help to those looking to start up new companies..

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Cartagena Semana Santa poster design for 2018 revealed
The Easter Week processions in Cartagena begin in 2018 on 23rd March The winning design for the poster which will be used to promote the Semana Santa (Easter Week) processions in 2018 was announced..

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Nasty accident on the A-30 motorway in Cartagena
One injured as two cars collied close to the La Palma and Los Barreros exit Two car were involved in a collision on Tuesday evening on the southbound carriageway of the A-30 Murcia-Cartagena motorway..

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Murcia government confirms funding of Cartagena Roman amphitheatre excavation
Funds are also set aside for windmills, prehistoric rock art and the ornamental fountain in the centre of Totana The regional government of Murcia has confirmed that it is to subsidize various..

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Machinery in place for high-speed rail tunnel work to begin in Murcia
Increased security around the Estación del Carmen in Murcia after recent vandalism The massive drilling machine which will be used over the next few years to create a tunnel leading into the Estaci..

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Bumper dorada gilthead bream catches in the Mar Menor
Half of the annual dorada catch takes place in just a few days in November Every autumn the fishermen of the Mar Menor await with great expectation a combination of natural phenomena which leads to..

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3,000-euro fine for allegedly painting 4-metre yellow line in Bullas
The alleged offender in Bullas claims he is being victimized by the police A 49-year-old transport worker in Bullas is reported to be barely able to contain his anger at the local police force after..

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Drought irrigation restrictions threaten wildlife in the farmland of Murcia
Ecologists plead for token water supplies in order to save fish, eels and turtles One of the most important topics in the news in Murcia this autumn continues to be the long-term drought which..

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Ear-burningly cold in Murcia on Wednesday morning!
The coldest morning since February in Yecla as sub-zero temperatures return to Murcia It may be that long-term expats have become too accustomed to the warm climate of the Region of Murcia, but the..

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Winter flu vaccination campaign under way in Murcia
Free vaccinations for retirees and anyone else can purchase protection against the flu virus this winter With temperatures dipping below freezing on high ground in the north-west of the Region..

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Hyper-realistic virtual reality tours on their way at Roman Theatre Museum in Cartagena
Visitors will be taken back 2,000 years to see the Roman theatre as it was in Carthago Nova The Roman Theatre Museum in Cartagena continues to report increases in visitor numbers this year and..

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Christmas is coming and the El Gordo lottery TV ad is here!
Murcianos will spend an average of over 60 euros on the Spanish Christmas lottery With Black Friday approaching and crib decorators already catching up on this year’s trends in pooping nativity..

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Warm dry weather disappoints wild mushroom hunters in Murcia and the rest of Spain
Mushroom prices expected to mushroom due to scarcity in the wild! One of the less publicized consequences of the non-arrival of the typical autumn rain in the Region of Murcia and much of the rest..

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Mercadona introduces anti-theft devices on supermarket trolleys
Trolleys apparently fetch high asking prices if sold on the black market! It is reported in the Spanish press this week that the problem of shopping trolleys being stolen from supermarkets has become..

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Spanish government authorizes more emergency anti-drought measures in Murcia
More desalination and extraction from drought wells to supplement irrigation water supplies As rain clouds still fail to materialize either in Murcia or in the inland areas where they would help..

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Already more passengers at San Javier airport this year than in the whole of 2016
British and Irish flights accounted for over 90 per cent of passengers in October The number of passengers passing through the terminal building at Murcia-San Javier airport showed a year-on-year..

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Bolnuevo fiestas under way prior to the sardine barbecues on 19th November
The Virgen del Milagro spends a week in Mazarrón before returning to Bolnuevo next Sunday The annual fiestas in honour of the Virgen del Milagro in Bolnuevo are now under way, and on Sunday a..

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Strong turnout at Camposol Remembrance Day service on Saturday
Expat Brits in Mazarrón commemorate those who laid down their lives for their country The British expat community of Camposol were out in force on Saturday morning at the eleventh hour on the eleventh..

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Record visitor numbers at the Roman Theatre Museum in Cartagena
Over 200,000 have been to the most visited museum in Murcia so far this year The Roman Theatre Museum in Cartagena, the most visited museum in the Region of Murcia, had already beaten last year..

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12 Civil War martyrs from Murcia beatified in Madrid
The dead were victims of the religious persecution in Spain between 1936 and 1939 Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over a ceremony in Madrid on Saturday during which 60 Spanish martyrs who were killed..

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Lorca Town Hall hopes to uncover more of the medieval city wall
Lorca was ringed by a defensive wall until after the Moors were expelled from Spain in 1492 At present the only fully restored part of the medieval wall which once protected the city of Lorca from..

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Summer returns briefly to Murcia!
Temperatures climbed to almost 27 degrees in the Costa Cálida on Sunday The temperatures soared climbed back up to over 25 degrees on Sunday in many parts of the Region of Murcia, providing a..

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Another fire at Salto del Usero beauty spot in Bullas
2,000 square metres of land affected on the banks of the River Mula For the second time in 16 months the beauty sport of the Salto del Usero, the natural rock pool formed by the springs which join..

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Murcia records second sharpest property sales increase in Spain during September
So far this year real estate sales are 11 per cent higher than in 2016 More positive data were published on Monday morning regarding the Spanish residential property market, with the news that the..

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Cartagena police mobile speed trap locations 13th to 19th November
Radar speed traps in the city of Cartagena and the rest of the municipality Cartagena police operate a system of mobile speed traps which move around the municipality every week with their mobile..

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Brexit in March 2019: deadline set at last
16 months to clarify the implications for UK nationals resident in Spain Almost a year and a half has passed since the result of the Brexit referendum threw up all kinds of uncertainty regarding the..

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Former La Unión Mayor to return to Murcia as the central government delegate
Francisco Bernabé will be dealing with the illegal immigrant overflow and the high-speed rail controversy in Murcia A significant change is set to be confirmed on Friday in the political landscape..

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Street improvements in Puerto de Mazarrón during tourism off season
Water pipes replaced and re-tarmacking under way in Puerto de Mazarrón Work is continuing in Puerto de Mazarrón to improve the condition of numerous of the main streets in the town, and following..

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Mar Menor holiday apartment rental fraudster arrested in San Javier
The man received at least 17 rental deposits before disappearing without a trace A 38-year-old resident of San Javier has been arrested by the Guardia Civil in connection with at least 17 cases of..

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The level of English of the Murcianos is among the lowest in Spain
“Could do better” is the verdict of EF on the English spoken by Spaniards A report published this week by the language learning firm EF (Education First) this week concludes surprisingly that the..

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Murcia winter flu vaccination campaign starts next week
Jabs available for all, either free or for just a few euros The arrival of cooler weather in the Region of Murcia this month has coincided with the start of the regional government’s annual flu..

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Flood prevention dam repairs completed at El Paretón
The infrastructure was damaged during the heavy rain in December 2016 Work has been completed by the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura (CHS), the body responsible for water supply infrastructures..

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Palacio de Villescusa ready to welcome back Lorca Town Hall staff
The 17th century building is now 300 tons lighter than before the Lorca earthquakes! The Lorca Town Hall departments of Tourism, Statistics, Heritage, Contracts and Public Works and Services will..

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Golf on the timetable for San Javier schoolchildren
San Javier takes advantage of the wealth of sports facilities in the area ​The Town Hall of San Javier has announced a ground-breaking scheme by which golf classes are to be included in the official..

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Los Urrutias beach says goodbye to the last of its breakwaters
The removal of the structure is intended to help ensure cleaner water at Punta Brava Work has begun on the inland shore of the Mar Menor to remove the last of the breakwaters which jutted out from..

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Cabo de Palos police station reopens
The station in Cabo de Palos was closed during October The station of the Cartagena Policía Local in Cabo de Palos has reopened this week on schedule following a month-long closure due to maintenance..

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The Barbary sheep of Sierra Espuña are saved!
A last-ditch parliamentary motion also affects bison, rainbow trout and red swamp crayfish To the relief of many, it appears to have worked: the latest attempt by the PP party to amend the law..

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Camposol investigation committee to request re-routing of Rambla in 2018
Former Mazarrón Mayor appears at last and blames the CHS for irregularities in Camposol On Monday the regional parliamentary commission investigating the irregularities surrounding the construction..

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Mazarrón lorry driver rescued after 3-hour ordeal in overturned vehicle
Two cranes were needed to free the legs of the trapped driver A 51-year-old man was trapped inside the cab of his overturned lorry for approximately three hours on Tuesday after the vehicle turned..

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The tiger mosquito travels by car as it spreads across Spain
Murcia is among the regions responsible for “exporting” the insect inland Despite efforts to halt its progress the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) continues to spread from the Mediterranean..

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Water supplies dwindling as the source of the Segura runs dry
A long-lost bridge re-emerges from beneath the Cenajo reservoir The Region of Murcia is still enjoying clear skies as the middle of November approaches, bringing delight to those heading to the..

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Cehegín dog walker spots 230-million-year-old reptile fossil
The 30-centimetre marine reptile is the oldest vertebrate yet found in Murcia A local who was out walking his dog in Cehegín last week is being credited with finding a fossil which probably corresponds..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 10th November 2017
A surplus of blue sky and sunshine in the Costa Cálida as Camposol and the Barbary sheep hit the headlines A reminder: Remembrance Day on Saturday, special services in Camposol and elsewhere..

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Historic statue of the Conde de Floridablanca in Murcia loses a hand
No danger to passers-by, although the Count is not completely ‘armless! The passing of the years and the corrosive effects of pigeon droppings have done little to favour the statue of the Conde..

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Illegal immigrant breakout in Sangonera overstretches Murcia facilities
Police demand the closure of the foreigner detention centre after immigrants were released onto the streets of Cartagena The recent flood of illegal immigrants arriving in the Region of Murcia..

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Potential suicide climbs down from Murcia Cathedral
The Rumanian threatened to jump if he wasn’t given 3,000 euros and a sandwich There was high drama on Tuesday morning in the centre of Murcia, where hundreds of onlookers gathered as a man appeared..

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Christmas shoppers in Cartagena urged to avoid sexist gifts for children
Don’t limit their imagination, the Town Hall of Cartagena advises For many people it is already the time of year when thoughts start turning to Christmas shopping, and in Cartagena the Town Hall..

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Limoncello is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cartagena-based Licor 43 group
Grupo Zamora acquires the remaining shares in Villa Massa at an undisclosed price Grupo Zamora, the Cartagena company which produces Licor 43, the most popular liqueur in Spain, is now the sole proprietor..

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Two drivers detained as Alhama police clamp down on road safety
Two face fines in Alhama for drink-driving and driving without a licence The Policía Local of Alhama de Murcia are engaged in an ongoing campaign to increase road safety in the municipality, and..

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3,000-euro fines for organizers of tractor protest in Murcia this April
Farmers were complaining about a lack of water which has since become even more serious At a time when there is growing discontent among those involved in the agricultural sector of the Region..

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Street mural unveiled at Alhama de Murcia food market
The mural at the Plaza de Abastos has been painted by the artist known as Murfy The Town Hall of Alhama de Murcia has officially unveiled a new mural which has been created by the artist known..

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Mazarrón Mayoress ties the knot
Congratulations to Alicia Jiménez and Ginés Román Congratulations are due to Alicia Jiménez, the Mayoress of Mazarrón, who tied the knot on Saturday 4th November with Ginés Román as the..

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Study finds that 35 hectares of land have been formed at Las Encañizadas in La Manga
Over 50,000 cubic metres of sand have severely narrowed the “golas” in La Manga Proposals to increase the rate at which water is regenerated in the Mar Menor by dredging the “golas” (the channels..

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Polish windsurfer rescued from the Mar Menor after being caught out by the wind
The 52-year-old woman was found after dark close to the island of Isla Perdiguera The wind which got up on Sunday afternoon in coastal areas of the Region of Murcia caught at least one windsurfer by..

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More vandalism at the work to lay high-speed rail tracks into Murcia
Five incidents in seven weeks as another digger is set alight in Los Dolores Just ten days before work is scheduled to begin in preparation for the laying of underground AVE high-speed rail tracks..

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Aena guarantees job security for San Javier staff if flights are diverted to Corvera
The process of evaluating the Aena bid to manage Corvera is under way As the regional government’s contracts committee undertakes the task of evaluation Aena’s bid to manage the as yet unopened..

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One more last chance to save the Barbary sheep of Sierra Espuña
Experts are not convinced that this “invasive” species is harmful On various occasions over the last few years it has been reported that the final death knell has sounded for the Barbary sheep..

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Illegal immigrant breakout at detention centre in Sangonera la Verde
27 Africans on the run as the CIE in Sangonera fills to overflowing The exceptionally high number of illegal immigrants who have arrived in the Region of Murcia over the last week or so after crossing..

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San Javier Time Bank scheme resumes with 49 courses on offer
This fantastic initiative in San Javier offers a range of activities in return for your time The San Javier municipality has begun its autumn programme of Time Bank activities with 49 different..

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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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El Ángel and El Grifo BBQ points re-open in the Sierra Espuña
These popular points for family BBQs can once again be used as the weather cools As the damper autumn begins and the risk of forest fire decreases, vigilance crews, and the regional fire authorities..

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Bilingual story-telling featured on San Javier library autumn program
Numerous events and activities at the municipal library of San Javier The municipal library of San Javier has scheduled a busy program of events and activities during the coming autumn, including bilingual..

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New urban bus routes in service in Lorca
Eleven routes connect outlying districts to the castle and the centre of Lorca The new public bus service in Lorca has come into service this week, establishing 11 routes which enable passengers..

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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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Murcia school year dates for 2017-18
The first pupils return to class in Beniel and Murcia on 5th September As children throughout the Region of Murcia near the end of the 2016-17 school year in sweltering classroom temperatures the..

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Timetable changes on Cartagena-Alicante bus service
The route includes stops at San Javier, Los Alcázares and other Mar Menor locations On 3rd March 2017 the concession to operate the bus service which runs along the coast from Cartagena to Alicante..

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