MAR­KETS SE­CU­RITY BOOST

Pop­u­lar Costa street mar­kets, fes­tive and sport­ing events to be pro­tected from ve­hi­cles

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Nuria Pérez

OB­STA­CLES will block off the main ac­cess points to lo­cal street mar­kets fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween lo­cal se­cu­rity coun­cil­lors and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the na­tional gov­ern­ment in Ali­cante.

The gov­ern­ment has called for the mea­sures in the wake of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Cataluña in Au­gust in which ve­hi­cles were used to mow down pedes­tri­ans.

A spokesman for the gov­ern­ment’s of­fice said it is a gen­eral se­cu­rity mea­sure to pre­vent sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

He noted that the in­struc­tion was given to the coun­cil­lors dur­ing an emer­gency meet­ing in Bi­gas­tro in the south­ern Costa Blanca, with sim­i­lar ses­sions planned with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all town halls in Ali­cante prov­ince.

The spokesman added that all pop­u­lar events such as pro­ces­sions, pa­rades, pa­tron saint fi­es­tas and sport­ing and re­li­gious events will be pro­tected in the same way.

He stressed that some coun­cils have al­ready launched ini­tia­tives of their own.

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The gov­ern­ment spokesman in Ali­cante ex­plained that ad­di­tional meet­ings in all towns and cities in the prov­ince will be held dur­ing the com­ing months, start­ing to­day (Fri­day), to draw spe­cific se­cu­rity plans for each town.

The aim is to de­sign spe­cific se­cu­rity plans for each town, tak­ing into ac­count its fi­es­tas and ma­jor events.

They will also agree on lo­ca­tions where ob­sta­cles - mo­bile or fixed - should be in­stalled and where surveillance and ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion mea­sures should be launched.

The first meet­ings will be held in main cities and towns, in­clud­ing Ali­cante, Elche, Ori­huela, Tor­re­vieja, Benidorm, Elda, Pe­trer, Vil­lena and Al­coy amongst oth­ers.

The plans should be in force be­fore the spring, when most pop­u­lar events and fi­es­tas start.

Nev­er­the­less, lo­cal se­cu­rity boards al­ways meet be­fore pop­u­lar events are held in or­der to plan a spe­cific se­cu­rity and emer­gency plan.

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