Vall de Gallinera vandals strike again
VANDALS have smashed a footpath handrail near Benissili castle in the Vall de Gallinera just a year after resident volunteers spent days building it.
The attack is thought to be linked to a spate of malicious damage in the area in recent months.
Last autumn, someone ripped up footpath signs guiding walkers along the Ruta dels 8 pobles ('Eight-villages route') through the valley.
Pine trees were chopped down in the night, blocking the path, weeks later.
Locals built the railing to try to repair the damage – a very brave move on their part, given that volunteers who had spent a day cleaning out the nearby Font del Llimener natural spring shortly beforehand returned to find their car tyres slashed.
Once again, Vall de Gallinera residents complain about the lack of security in their extended village.
They have no Local Police force, and have to travel by car to the Guardia Civil in Pego over half an hour away to report crimes or incidents.
“We feel defenceless,” they say, adding, "If one of us is burgled, by the time the police get there, the thieves are already half a province away."