Karl Smallman

Karl Smallman

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 A FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD girl, Shalom Alejandra Treviño, has been missing from her Costa Blanca home since last Wednesday.

The girl, from Altea, was last seen wearing dark shorts, a black and white striped sleeveless top.

She has braces on her teeth and is 1.55m (5ft 1in) tall.

Her desperately worried mother, Marina, has asked the public to ring 34 642 650 775 / 34 649 952 957 or email sosdesaparecidos@sosdesaparecidos.es if they see her daughter or can give any clue regarding her whereabouts.

Marina also broadcast a message to her daughter in case she hears it herself or someone else can pass it on to her.

“If you’re listening, please come home. We need you, you know we love you very much and you’re so necessary to us,” Marina said.

“Nothing will happen, darling, we’re with you in everything. If you need me, call me, anything. I want to know that you’re well. Talk to me, you know that I support you in everything.”

This is a most urgent case, the Guardia Civil said on Twitter, asking anyone who can shed light on Shalom Alejandra’s disappearance to call the 062, 091 or 112 emergency numbers or the Policia Local in Altea on 965 845 511.

A COSTA town has created a smoking-free zone on a stretch of beaches in what it claims is a pioneering step towards a healthier environment.

The initiative in Torrox, in southern Spain, will be implemented on the beaches of Ferrara, El Morche and El Peñoncillo - although it will only be a recommendation and not enforced by fines.

The town hall say they hope it will 'promote healthy living habits among residents and visitors'.

Mayor Oscar Medina said, "Families who prefer to avoid tobacco smoke can do so, which until now was impossible."

The councillor responsible for Tourism and Beaches, Sandra Extremera, said, "Flags will be placed on each of these beaches to signal which are the 'smoke-free' zones."

She went on to say, "All these improvements contribute to Torrox rising as a reference destination on the Costa del Sol, which undoubtedly has an impact on its brand image and has already translated into better occupancy and visitor numbers."

A FAMILY has issued an appeal to find a woman who hasn't been seen or heard from since mid-July in the Malaga area.

Marie McManus, aged 42, used her credit card to pay for a hotel in Torremolinos on July 8 - and the card was last used on July 11 in the same holiday resort town.

Her mum was the last person to speak to her on July 15.

Now Declan McManus, from Stockport, has appealed, "If anyone happens to be in Benalmadena, Fuengirola or surrounding areas please keep your eyes peeled for Marie or simply get her to call my mum please!"

He's called for anyone with information to contact the police in Spain, via the 112 emergency number, or the UK police on 101 - saying that all information received will treated as confidental.

SPANISH police have smashed an international crime ring that was trading in some of the most endangered species of turtles and tortoises in the world.

The Guardia Civil rescued some 1,100 reptiles and recovered 750 eggs.

These numbers are expected to increase because there were more than 200 females about to lay eggs.

They included 14 of the 50 most endangered species in the world some originating from Canada, Mexico and the United States and protected by respective national legislation.

There were also turtles from South Asia considered at high risk of extinction as well as black turtles, listed as “vulnerable” in Spain.

The total value of the haul is estimated to be €600,000 with some of the species worth up to €10,000 each.

The operation began in February 2017 when Guardia Civil officers seized turtles at Mallorca airport, as the documentation did not match the shipment.

Police later discovered a farm in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands devoted to the industrial breeding of turtles and tortoises.

It is alleged that the owners of the farm collaborated very closely with a pet shop in Barcelona, which specialised in exotic animals.

Two people were arrested in Mallorca and one in Barcelona.

They are accused of offenses against wild fauna and flora, smuggling protected species and money laundering.

Three others are being questionned.

Europol supported the operation by coordinating the exchange of information between Spain and Austria, France, Germany and Italy.

POLICE have recovered a corpse from the sea in southern Spain after it was found weighed down with drums full of sand.

A diver made the gory discovery just off the La Cagailla beach near Salobreña in Andalucia.

The emergency services called in the Guardia Civil's underwater search team who recovered the body of the man who was aged about 50-years-old.

According to the police the body was found by a recreational diver.

The body has been transferred to Motril where the Institute of Medicine will perform an autopsy to discover the cause of death.

RYANAIR, the low-cost Irish airline, has apologised after a 'very small number' of cheques compensating passengers for cancelled flights bounced.

The carrier said some cheques processed in July had not been signed due to an 'administration error'.

Ryanair said that 190 of the 20,000 cheques issued in July were posted out without a required signatory.

The airline said the cheques were re-issued last week (August 15) and they 'sincerely apologise' for the inconvenience out of their desire to issue the cheques quickly.

Thousands of passengers were affected in July after flights were cancelled due to crew strikes.

AN URGENT appeal has gone out to find a puppy that is missing after an expat's car it was in was stolen at knifepoint in southern Spain.

Evelyn Girvan, who was travelling in the car with her brother-in-law, has told how the thieves took off with Button still in the car - a white Peugeot 307 - in broad daylight.

Button is a six to eight-month-old female with a blue collar and pink lead.

The frightening incident happened in Montebello, Algorfa, on the Costa Blanca.

Evelyn said, "My brother-in-law and I were carjacked at knifepoint and they took off with the car and, sadly, wee button was still in it. We're hoping and praying we get car and puppy back.

"We were on our way to the vets to get jabs and chipped for Button but they were closed."

The car is a white Peugeot 307 with Spanish registration plate 5005 BHM.

Evelyn said they have alerted all rescue centres have details and posters are being put up.

Button has already had an eventful life. She was found after being thrown over a six-foot fence at an orange grove before she was rescued by Evelyn just three-weeks-ago.

There is now a BUTTON-CARJACKED SPAIN facebook group to help with the search.

And there are plans to offer a reward for the safe return of the little puppy.

button missing poster

POLICE have captured a man in a school playground after he fled on foot after they shot out the tyres of a car loaded with drugs in Marbella.

The National Police originally spotted the suspicious-looking car Algeciras and a chase began on the roads of the Campo de Gibraltar before they lost it in San Roque.

However, the grey Audi Q7 was spotted again near San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella and police intercepted it as it got caught in traffic at a roundabout near the tunnel.

Witnesses reported that several shots were heard as the police shot out the tyres of the Audi to prevent its getaway.

One person tried to escape on foot but the police were hot on his heels and he was arrested in a school playground.


A MAJOR UK phone network has confirmed that a "small number of customers" are having problems using their phones abroad - including in Spain.

A spokesperson for Virgin Mobile, that has 3.1 million customers, has confirmed an issue and said, "We’re sorry that a small number of our customers may be experiencing issues when trying to use their phones abroad.

Some customers say they have been able to make or receive calls, send texts or browse the internet and not connecting with any of the local mobile networks.

One couple said, "This has massively impacted on our holiday as we are unable to research on the go, check weather forecasts, find restaurants or things for the kids to do in the area.

Social media reveals that Virgin mobile customers are complaining that they can't use their phones in countries including Spain, Portugal, Italy and even Singapore.

Virgin said, "We’re working as quickly as possible to resolve this issue and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

"In the meantime, affected customers can log on to their account via WiFi while abroad and activate roaming."

virgin mobile spain

EMERGENCY services on the Costa del Sol have confirmed that a swimmer has died on a Costa del Sol beach this afternoon (Tuesday).

Sources say the 112 Andalucia emergency control centre received a call at around 3.15pm that a bather was in difficulties.

Paramedics and police attended the man, aged about 50-years-old, on the Fuente de La Salud beach in Benalmadena but could not save him.

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