Locker thief caught
THE TUNNEL for the highspeed train (AVE) at Murcia city is to be 583 metres longer and will pass under the districts Santiago el Mayor and Senda los Garres, according to the national government.
This new stretch has been included in the first stage of the building works which are planned to start by November 15. The government said this involves an additional investment of nearly €17 million.
Additionally, a footbridge is to be built over the level crossing at Santiago el Mayor, which will be removed.
The crossing is used by hundreds of residents and vehicles to reach the districts on the other side of the railway Santa Pola Guardia Civil have caught a 29-year-old Spaniard who was breaking into lockers at an Elche gym.
The thief, who also used the gym, made copies of locker keys to later steal money from the lockers.
Officers began investigating in August, after receiving complaints of money going missing from lockers in an Elche campsite gym.
The thefts were carried out at the height of the holiday season, when the gym had more people using it. The sheer amount of users complicated the investigation, but Guardia Civil were able to arrest the thief, who turned out to be a Madrid resident who spent his summer holidays in Guardamar.
He only stole cash, and never emptied wallets or purses completely, to not raise suspicions immediately.
He has been accused of five crimes of illegal break-in and theft (as he used a false key), although he could have many more victims, especially foreigners, who did not report money missing. Investigations are ongoing to see if he also stole at another gym in Guardamar.
The thief, who stole at least €900, is currently on bail awaiting court proceedings. and its removal had caused great controversy.
Local residents have been staging protests for months to pressure the government to keep their promise to run the AVE into the city through a tunnel rather than dividing districts with an overland track, with the trains passing close to residents’ homes.
The railway has also been vandalised