Bus thieves trigger police shoot-out after mad chase through Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide

Bus thieves trigger police shoot-out after mad chase through Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide

There were incredible scenes worthy of a movie last night in west Tenerife when police had to shoot the wheels out of a Titsa bus that thieves had stolen from Guía de Isora. Police say that they were called out by locals in Chio in the early hours of this morning with reports that a Titsa bus was doing the rounds without its lights on and being driven recklessly.

A Guía de Isora Policía Local unit was dispatched, and what resulted was akin to the road chase scene at the start of Some Like It Hot, with a pursuit along the TF82 towards Santiago del Teide and then the TF454 to the junction with the TF47 where the police car tried to stop the bus but unfortunately collided with a police car coming from Santiago del Teide. At that point, the Santiago del Teide Policía Local officers shot the bus wheels out to stop it, managing to bring it to a halt at the roundabout by the Policía Local station in Santiago del Teide.

Police say that two middle-aged men are now detained: both were already known to them, one indeed about to be imprisoned for a previous offence. They have now been placed in the custody of the Guardia Civil for judicial processing. Guía de Isora councillor for Security Angeles Gonzalez Rodriguez said that “thanks to the rapid coordination of both local police forces, a far worse outcome of this lamentable incident was avoided”.

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Parts of Icod under total domestic water usage ban while tests are carried out

Parts of Icod under total domestic water usage ban while tests are carried out

Icodemsa, the water company covering the Icod area, has announced that there is a total ban on water usage in the following areas until further notice. The rule is extensive: there must be no water used for drinking, cooking, nor preparing food:

Los Piquetes, Caserío San Pablo, La Patita, Cueva del Viento, La Manca, Los Márquez, Camino Marengo, La Deseada, Las Lajas (including La Urbanización Los Pinos to Pino Cafoño), Camino Viejo a Redondo to las Vistas, El Sobrado, El Lance and el Sabuguero (El Amparo), Ruy Blas, Camino La Ladera and La Magarza.

The company says that it will update information as and when it is able following analysis which will be carried out throughout the next few days.  The problem is apparently thought to be low supplies reducing volume in local reservoir tanks to such a level that remaining water quality could not be guaranteed.

Source: Janet Anscombe 

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It’s now an established annual event, and this year’s Arona en Colores will no doubt be as popular as ever. It will again be held in Las Galletas, this year on Saturday 15 June. The council calls it a multicolour urban fiesta which is intended to boost the area’s...

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British nationals in Spain honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours

British nationals in Spain honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The FCO has congratulated the following British nationals who have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year. Congratulations to them all!

OBE:

Anne Graham Brodie McEwan, the former President of the National Association of British Schools in Spain, for services to Education;

John Maclean Scott, latterly Global Deputy Chairman of KPMG International, for services to UK-Spanish relations;

Derek James Doyle MBE, British Honorary Vice Consul, Bilbao, for services to UK-Spanish relations.

British Empire Medal:

Stewart Cusden, former Chair of the British Benevolent Fund, for services to the British community in Spain;

Georgina Lynde Harvey, President of the Original Charity Shop and Library in Javea, for services to charity;

Frederick Michael Douglas Witty, retired, for services to the British community in Catalonia.

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Angel shark now fully protected by Spanish legislation after being included in Spain’s Catalogue of Endangered Species at risk of extinction

Angel shark now fully protected by Spanish legislation after being included in Spain’s Catalogue of Endangered Species at risk of extinction

The tiburon angelote, which we call an angel shark or monkfish, is a species in danger of extinction through climate change and destruction of its natural habitats, habitats which have reduced from the European and African Atlantic coasts as well as the Mediterranean and Black Sea until the shark has its back against the wall in Canarian waters alone. Thankfully it is also now in receipt of complete protection after being included in the Spanish Catalogue of Endangered Species which are at risk of extinction, a tally of flora and fauna of around 200.

Co-leader of the Angel Shark Project, Dr David Jiménez Alvarado reacted to the news by saying the news “is the best that the species, and we who fight for its survival, could have”, and that the new protection will allow conservationists to form a deeper understanding of its ecology and biology. The listing means that anything that could result in an angel shark’s death, or capture is completely prohibited, as is chasing them, disturbing them,  carrying out any kind of commercial activity with or based around them or their habitat or areas of reproduction.

Source: Janet Anscombe

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This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 7 June: A sporty and summery weekend, this, with the Subida a Guía de Isora rally starting today and lasting through the weekend, and with the Tenerife Bluetrail extreme mountain race tomorrow. Also tomorrow, and continuing on Sunday, Fenautica 2019 will be held in Las Galletas, a huge marine fair with extra events for children, food stalls, music, competing yachts, charter craft, and much more. Tomorrow as well, but just for the one day, there’s a taste of Canarian culture from midday in the VI Imoque Festival in Plaza San Sebastián, La Caleta, an event dedicated to local traditions, crafts, foods and music. Finally, today sees the First summer ball for Amigos de Gillian Banks charity which helps underprivileged children. Whatever you’re doing and however you spend the weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.

Source: Janet Anscombe

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It’s now an established annual event, and this year’s Arona en Colores will no doubt be as popular as ever. It will again be held in Las Galletas, this year on Saturday 15 June. The council calls it a multicolour urban fiesta which is intended to boost the area’s...

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Updated 29 May: Just a reminder of this major public holiday tomorrow, the Día de Canarias. From today and over the weekend too there will be traditional dances (Bailes de magos) in many towns and villages, and of course most offices and many shops outside the main...

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