Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By James Parkes and Dave Jones news@cb­

EX­TRA se­cu­rity mea­sures will be de­ployed this evening for the tra­di­tional Three Kings pa­rades through­out the Costa Blanca.

Ad­di­tional po­lice pa­trols and ob­sta­cles to avoid road ac­cess by unau­tho­rised ve­hi­cles will be in place - mea­sures sim­i­lar to those taken for the Christ­mas and New Year open-air par­ties (see page 4).

To see where pa­rades and other events are tak­ing place in your area, turn to our What's On sec­tion on pages 33 to 41.

New Year party may­hem

Emer­gency ser­vices in the Va­len­cia re­gion were called out to 1,253 in­ci­dents on New Year’s Eve in the 12-hour pe­riod be­tween 20.00 and 08.00.

Di­rec­tor gen­eral for se­cu­rity in Va­len­cia José María Án­gel noted that there had been a to­tal of 3,648 calls to the 112 hot­line dur­ing the night, with 24 of these made in English, German or French.

Of the in­ci­dents at­tended, 596 oc­curred in Va­len­cia prov­ince, 518 in Ali­cante and 135 in Castel­lón, ‘with four oth­ers which have yet to be iden­ti­fied’.

Paramedics were called to 143 cases of al­co­holic in­tox­i­ca­tion around the re­gion, with 69 of these in Ali­cante prov­ince, 64 in Va­len­cia and 10 in Castel­lón.

Am­bu­lances were also re­quired at 39 vi­o­lent in­ci­dents which in­volved fights or in­jury – 18 in Va­len­cia, 16 in Ali­cante and five in Castel­lón.

Sr Án­gel also noted that a num­ber of in­spec­tions had been car­ried out at leisure out­lets.

Re­gional po­lice of­fi­cers checked on 102 bars, restau­rants, dis­cos and clubs.

They have opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against 28 of them, in the main for stay­ing open longer than the times per­mit­ted by their li­cence or hav­ing too many peo­ple in­side the venue.

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