Cold snap wreaks havoc on key Murcia artichoke and lettuce crops
Freezing temperatures in the Murcia Region this week will have a knock-on effect on workers and produce prices The recent frosts have caused damage to artichoke and lettuce crops in the area around the Guadalentín river near Lorca. During the early hours of last night, thermometers in the area showed minimum temperatures of -2ºC in districts like Lorca and Puerto Lumbreras. Local farmers..

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Mazarron demands Covid testing points in the municipality
Health centres in Mazarrón are struggling to fulfil the demand for Covid tests For the past few weeks, the regional government has organised external Covid testing points in several municipalities which are run by additional 061 emergency staff, relieving some of the immense pressure on health centres across the Region of Murcia.   However, this week, the municipality of Mazarrón..

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Violent robber who attacked woman in her 90s at her Aguilas home is jailed
A neighbour in the Region of Murcia town helped bring the “dangerous criminal” to justice An “experienced and dangerous” criminal who targeted an elderly woman in her 90s, forcing his way into her Águilas home and violently demanding she hand over jewellery, has been arrested and remanded in prison.   The detainee, who is charged with robbery with violence and intimidation and..

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Aguilas 2022 Carnival postponed until the summer due to high Covid incidence rate
Águilas Carnival is one of the most important in the Region of Murcia The Town Hall in Águilas and the Federation of Peñas de Carnaval have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2022 Carnival until this summer due to the high incidence rate of coronavirus in the municipality.   Águilas Carnival is traditionally held 40 days before Easter, which usually falls some time in February..

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British expat found dead in Camposol, Mazarron
Concerned family members in England asked a neighbour to check on the Mazarrón resident A 68-year-old English man was found dead in his home on the Mazarrón urbanisation of Camposol at around 3pm on Tuesday afternoon, January 18.   The deceased was found after his family members in England raised the alarm, as they had not heard from him for several days. A local resident who then..

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Two students uncover secret palace in Mazarron
A previously unknown 16th-century palace has been discovered near the church of San Andrés, but authorities are not treating it as a protected site yet The church of San Andrés in Mazarrón, close to the site of the ancient palace ruins   Two scholars in Mazarrón history are claiming that the remains of two walls preserved on a plot of land in Calle de las Torres, in the heart of..

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5-year-old boy dies from Covid in Aguilas
He is the youngest child to have died from coronavirus in the Region of Murcia The soaring rate of infections in the Region of Murcia has taken a tragic turn as health authorities have confirmed that a five-year-old boy lost his life to Covid in the municipality of Águilas.   The Red Crossed reached out to the bereaved family on social media to express their sorrow at the news.   “..

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Alhama de Murcia Romeria Candelaria in February cancelled due to Covid
The Mass in honour of the Virgen de la Candelaria in Alhama de Murcia will still go ahead on February 2 The religious organisation Hermandad Virgen de la Candelaria, with support from the Town Hall, has decided to cancel the Romería de la Candelaria due to the current epidemiological situation in the Region of Murcia.   Alhama de Murcia usually holds its annual celebrations in honour..

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Mayor of Totana dies after weeks in ICU with coronavirus
The Mayor had been in a Murcia hospital since December 20 After being admitted to hospital shortly before the Christmas holidays with coronavirus, the Mayor of Totana, Juan José Cánovas, has sadly died this Sunday January 16.   Friends, work colleagues and acquaintances from across the Region of Murcia have since taken to social media to express their grief and condolences to his immediate..

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Mazarron police thwart house burglary in progress
The would-be thieves left tools behind as they fled the property on Bahía urbanisation in the Region of Murcia town Mazarrón Local Police officers managed to thwart a house burglary in progress during a night patrol at Bahía urbanisation.   The suspects managed to flee before police entered the property and as yet are still at large. But they did leave behind tools and stolen items..

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Bird flu leads to poultry farm confinement in Murcia
Farms in eight municipalities in the Region are subject to restrictions With the highly contagious avian influenza ravaging parts of Europe since last year, the Region of Murcia has taken the precaution of confining chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese on poultry farms in eight municipalities to prevent them from coming into contact with wild birds.   The deadly bird flu has already been..

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Second Murcia earthquake in 7 days between Lorca and Aguilas
A 2.3-magnitude tremor was registered in the municipality of Lorca During the early hours of Thursday January 13, at around 2am, an earthquake was registered by the National Geographic Institute (IGN) within the municipality of Lorca.   This is the second seismic tremor of 2022, after a 2.7-magnitude earthquake was felt in Cieza on Friday January 7.   Thursday’s tremor registered..

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Caravan owners accused of parking illegally on Mazarron and Aguilas beaches
Scenes of motorhomes parked on protected natural beaches in the Region of Murcia have prompted changes to the law, but some areas still suffer Hundreds of people flocked to Murcia over the Christmas holidays in caravans and campervans to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather, but it had local residents in Mazarrón and Águilas bemoaning the lack of respect that some campers show for the area..

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Mazarron II: fears that Phoenician wreck could disappear due to lack of protection
The retired director of the National Museum of Underwater Archeology of Cartagena fears for the future of the wreck The 2,700-year-old Mazarron II Phoenician boat which has lain on the seabed in bay of Mazarrón since the 7th Century could be lost forever due to errors in its protection, according to the retired director of the National Museum of Underwater Archeology of Cartagena, Iván Negueruela..

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Tourism in Murcia recognised as top quality: awards triple in the last year alone
Cartagena, Murcia capital and Mazarrón are among the most prodigious winners of tourist awards There are 171 new tourist services in the Region of Murcia that have been awarded the distinction of the Integral System of Tourist Quality in Destinations (Sicted), which, together with the 325 that it already had, brings the total number of tourist services distinguished with this quality guarantee..

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Mazarron reduces property tax for 2022
Property owners in Mazarrón, Murcia, will have a lower tax bill this year The Town Hall in Mazarrón has reduced property tax, or Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles (IBI) in Spanish, for homeowners in the municipality.   A 3.57% reduction will be applied to the IBI in 2022, meaning that, if a family previously paid 500 euros, from this year onwards they will pay 482.14 euros, saving around..

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Vaccine appointments available in Mazarron: January 13 to 21
Medical staff in Mazarrón, Murcia, will be vaccinating both adults and children against Covid Several mass vaccination days are scheduled this month in the municipality of Mazarrón, including in Puerto de Mazarrón, for both adults and children.   Appointments are needed for all age groups and first and third jabs are on offer. For instructions on how to book an appointment online..

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Caravans and motorhomes in Mazarron face strict new parking rules
A new law prohibits campers from parking in towns, by the beach or within 100m of a road The Town Council of Mazarrón has passed a new law relating to caravan activities in order to regulate tourism in the approved areas for motorhomes and other housing vehicles like trailers, caravans and campervans.   The new law contains rules and requirements that must be met by caravan parks and..

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Thieves drive car through petrol station window in Librilla
The robbers used the so-called moon landing method to burgle the Murcia gas station The Guardia Civil have launched a search to locate two hooded men who robbed a petrol station in Librilla in the early hours of Sunday morning, January 9, using the so-called moon landing method of attack.   The suspects arrived at the Cepsa garage, located at exit 594 of the A-7 motorway, at around 5am..

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Two injured in Mazarron car crash on the N-332
Two people had to be taken to hospital in Cartagena as a result of the Mazarrón accident A car crash involving two vehicles took place on the N-332 in Mazarrón on Saturday afternoon (January 8) and two people had to be taken to hospital.   The emergency services in the Region of Murcia received a phone call about the accident at 4.41pm and two ambulances, local police, firefighters..

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2.5 tonnes of toxic asbestos waste removed from Lorca countryside
Lorca council (Murcia) removed 33 tonnes of waste in total from three different points in the municipality The Town Hall in Lorca has undertaken various clean-up operations during the month of December to remove several tonnes of waste from natural areas within the municipality, including dangerous materials such as asbestos. In total 33 tonnes were removed from the ramblas (dry riverbeds..

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Mazarron reports 57 new cases as incidence rate soars
The incidence rate in the Mazarrón municipality is well over 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants The advancing sixth wave of coronavirus, which is expected to infect 1 in 3 people in Murcia, has not left any area unaffected and the municipality of Mazarrón is no exception, with 57 cases in just 24 hours.   Of the 5,520 positive cases reported in the Region of Murcia on January 6, 57..

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Donald Trump amongst the bling at Águilas Carnival 2020
Glitter is back on the menu in Águilas this year As normal, the Carnival peñas in Águilas put on a  fabulous display for 2020, with a completely new set of costumes and dance routines. Last year costumes generally followed an environmental theme, many of them including recycled materials, but this year not a recycled lollipop stick was to be seen, with bling firmly back on the carnival..

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