CAR CRASH

Costa Almería News - - News -

Four peo­ple were in­jured in a three-car pile-up in Almería city cen­tre last Sun­day. Wit­nesses called the emer­gency ser­vices when a car col­lided with two oth­ers on the Avenida Pablo Igle­sias around mid­day. Two women in their late 20s and two men aged 45 and 32 were hurt.

CLAN JAILED

Three mem­bers of a gypsy clan that at­tacked a shop girl in Almería city last month have each been sen­tenced to nearly four years in jail.

The known fam­ily of shoplifters, two par­ents and three chil­dren, tar­geted a pop­u­lar Chi­nese shop on the Cabo de Gata av­enue, at­tempt­ing to make off with stolen goods. The young shop as­sis­tant tried to stop them but was beaten up by the thieves, suf­fer­ing a bro­ken rib and mul­ti­ple bruises. The par­ents and one adult daugh­ter have been sen­tenced to prison.

DE­SALI­NA­TION PLANT PLEA

Cuevas coun­cil has called on cen­tral gov­ern­ment to be­gin re­pairs of the de­sali­na­tion plant in Vil­lari­cos, which has been in­op­er­a­tive since the Septem­ber 2012 floods. The lo­cal au­thor­ity said it had re­ceived no re­ply from the Madrid gov­ern­ment to re­peated re­quests to carry out the re­pair of the plant. The coun­cil pointed out that the Gov­ern­ment had agreed to fi­nance the work but later an­nulled the pro­ject due to bud­get re­straints. It added that get­ting the plant op­er­a­tional again “was es­sen­tial” for the area's econ­omy and to pre­vent fur­ther hard­ship for farm­ers.

CAR TAX DIS­COUNT

Hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers in Cuevas del Al­man­zora will get up to a 75 per cent re­duc­tion on their car tax as part of the coun­cil's strat­egy to re­duce green­house emis­sions. The move is part of the EU's 'Europe 2020' plan, a 10year strat­egy to en­cour­age sus­tain­able growth and co­or­di­nate poli­cies among mem­ber states. Cuevas said it would also scrap car tax for his­toric ve­hi­cles which are 25-years-old or more. The coun­cil­lor for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, María Alar­cón, also re­vealed that the lo­cal au­thor­ity would be in­stalling charge points for EVs in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity as part of the 'strate­gic plan for Cuevas 2016-2025', al­though she did not say when or how many.

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