Vall de Gallinera van­dals strike again

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett

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."

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