Beach car park thief ar­rested

Sus­pect caught red-handed by Guardia Civil pa­trol Com­pany ‘can­not rule out fur­ther dis­rup­tions in July and Au­gust’

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By Alex Watkins A SE­RIAL thief who had been break­ing into cars at El Pinet and La Ma­rina beaches in Elche has been caught by Guardia Civil in Santa Pola.

A force spokesman ex­plained that the sus­pect, a 30-year-old Ro­ma­nian man, is ac­cused of nine counts of steal­ing by force from ve­hi­cles, two road safety of­fences and one theft.

As part of the Guardia Civil’s an­nual op­er­a­tion to guar­an­tee se­cu­rity in the sum­mer, they in­crease their pres­ence in busy tourist ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly beaches.

The spokesman noted that peo­ple vis­it­ing beaches usu­ally leave in their ve­hi­cles unat­tended in open-air car parks for long pe­ri­ods of time. Crim­i­nals take ad­van­tage of this by blend­ing in with the crowds and wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to steal any valu­ables from in­side the cars.

Of­fi­cers on pa­trol at El Pinet beach came across the sus­pect as he was com­mit­ting such a crime.

How­ever, he man­aged to es­cape in his own ve­hi­cle, driv­ing at high speed through pedes­tri­anised ar­eas By Nuria Pérez A TO­TAL of 14 flights op­er­ated by Ryanair to and from Mur­ci­aSan Javier air­port are at risk of can­cel­la­tion due to the sched­uled strike by the bud­get air­line’s cabin crew on July 25 and 26.

These are the flights to Lon­don Stansted, Lon­don Lu­ton, Manch­ester, Bournemouth, Dublin, East Mid­lands, Eind­hoven and Frank­furt Main on Wed­nes­day, July 25.

On Thurs­day, July 26 the flights to Lon­don Stansted, Lon­don Lu­ton, Manch­ester, ‘with­out car­ing that he was en­dan­ger­ing peo­ple’.

The of­fi­cers de­cided to put other peo­ple’s safety first rather than con­tinue the chase and risk worse con­se­quences.

Al­though the sus­pect thought he had got away, from then on­wards plain clothes Guardia Civil were watch­ing his move­ments closely.

A few days later he was caught while try­ing to steal be­long­ings from an­other ve­hi­cle, this time in Santa Pola.

The spokesman noted that Birm­ing­ham, Dublin and East Mid­lands are at risk.

Con­sumers’ as­so­ci­a­tions have ad­vised pas­sen­gers whose flights are can­celled or de­layed for more than two hours to ask for com­pen­sa­tion.

They note that af­fected pas­sen­gers can claim up to €400 com­pen­sa­tion, an al­ter­na­tive flight, to have their ticket re­funded and free food and drinks, etc.

A strike by Ir­ish pi­lots was due to hit Ryanair yesterday (Thurs­day).

The com­pany noted on thanks to the op­er­a­tion they had set up, he was not able to es­cape and has since been Tues­day that it was a strike by ‘94 (27%) of our 350+ Ir­ish pi­lots’.

“De­spite of­fer­ing to meet our pi­lots and the FORSA union at a neu­tral venue on Wed­nes­day, the union has con­firmed again that they ex­pect Thurs­day's strike by 27% of our Ir­ish pi­lots to go ahead,” noted a com­pany spokesman.

“We re­gret­tably must plan for some dis­rup­tions on Thurs­day, and try to min­imise their im­pact, es­pe­cially upon Ir­ish cus­tomers and their fam­i­lies trav­el­ling on hol­i­days to Por­tu­gal, charged by a court, which then re­leased him on bail. France, Spain, Italy and Greece. We will do this by can­celling a num­ber of flights on high fre­quency routes from Ire­land to Lon­don and other UK prov­ince destinations where cus­tomers can trans­fer read­ily to other flights on Thurs­day or switch their travel to ear­lier flights to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day) or later on Fri­day, Satur­day or sub­se­quent days.”

The spokesman noted that Ryanair ‘can­not rule out fur­ther dis­rup­tions in July and Au­gust’.

Ryanair pas­sen­gers are be­ing hit by in­dus­trial ac­tion by pi­lots and cabin crew

The sus­pect as he was ar­rested

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