TOWN HALLS JOIN FORCES FOR THE SUM­MER

Lo­cal po­lice and life­guard ser­vices will work to­gether

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page - By Dave Jones and Nuria Pérez

THREE south Costa Blanca town halls are pool­ing re­sources to im­prove se­cu­rity on the coast for the busy hol­i­day pe­riod.

Councillors for beaches and se­cu­rity from Pi­lar de la Ho­radada, Tor­re­vieja and Ori- huela met in Pi­lar on Wed­nes­day to es­tab­lish pro­to­cols for joint ac­tions.

They were joined by lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers and Tor­re­vieja town hall bi­ol­o­gist Juan An­to­nio Pu­jol.

Javier Man­zanares, coun­cil­lor for beaches in Tor­re­vieja, ex­plained that they dis­cussed how to co­or­di­nate se­cu­rity on the beaches.

“Joint ac­tions between our three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will help to im­prove se­cu­rity,” he stated.

He noted that they will be able to act more ef­fi­ciently against il­le­gal sales­peo­ple on the beaches and prom­e­nades.

Sr Man­zanares said the lo­cal po­lice forces will work to­gether and share in­for­ma­tion – and the neigh­bour­ing life­guard ser­vices will co­op­er­ate in the same fash­ion.

They will also ex­change data about jel­ly­fish and pos­si­ble nest­ing by tur­tles on the coast.

On the sub­ject of tur­tles, Sr Man­zanares said they had re­it­er­ated the need for beach­go­ers to ring the 112 emer­gency num­ber im­me­di­ately if they spot the sea crea­ture coming ashore so the pro­to­col can be ac­ti­vated to en­sure that it can lay its eggs safely (more on p6).

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion is vi­tal on this,” added the coun­cil­lor.

Ori­huela's Luisa Boné said they had ap­pointed lo­cal po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cers to tar­get il­le­gal beach ven­dors.

Po­lice will also tar­get Chi­nese masseuses and drink and food sell­ers. An in­for­ma­tion cam­paign to warn about the health risks of buy­ing such prod­ucts and hir­ing masseuse ser­vices will be launched. The councillors agreed to hold fur­ther meet­ings.

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