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Botched 16th century St George statue is now “normal” again

A 16th century statue of St George and the Dragon, dubbed one of Spain’s most botched restoration jobs when given a “facelift” a year ago, has finally been returned to most of its former glory. The church behind the project has been fined 6,000 euros, as has the workshop which carried out the original repainting, and its pastor has ...Full Article

Warning over fake 50 euro notes

National Police arrested two men in Seville for trying to defraud several vendors of ONCE coupons. The strategy used by the alleged fraudsters was to buy tickets with fake ...Full Article

Four hurt as Pride float collapses

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, during the massive Gay Madrid 2019 festival after a barrier on their float collapsed and they plummeted to the ground. The ...Full Article

Pacma aims to stop July 25th bullfights with calves

Animal rights campaigners in Spain are calling for a ban on a bullfighting tradition involving calves which they describe as “grotesque”. The protest group Pacma says the fiestas are ...Full Article

Setback in Branson’s plan for “Europe’s best eco-resort”

Sir Richard Branson’s plan to open “Europe’s best eco-resort” on a world heritage site in Mallorca has suffered another set- back, 17 years after red tape first thwarted his ...Full Article

Tourists warned of fines for “balconing”

Police in Magaluf have fined at least three tourists so far this season for “balconing”and have warned there will be more penalties unless drunken holidaymakers clean up their act. ...Full Article

Holidaymakers warned of scammers demanding tourist tax cash

British holidaymakers in Mallorca are being warned about conmen who are calling on villas or luxury apartments to demand up-front cash for the islands’ tourist tax. Tourism leaders say ...Full Article

Road traffic accounts for a quarter of greenhouse gas in Spain

The Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition has published a Preview of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Inventory for 2018, the gases mostly closely related to climate change. These ...Full Article

Police alert over “coat hook desk challenge”

A school suspended around 20 students who were caught practising a “new and dangerous” classroom prank dubbed “the desk challenge”. Teenagers are being dared to hang a chair on ...Full Article

Take-aways warned to clean up left-overs, empty containers and vomit

Take-away restaurants in Magaluf have been warn-ed to clean up their act by clearing up left-overs, plastic containers, vomit and grease outside their premises every day or face a ...Full Article
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