Newsbrief: Traffic accidents caused 38 deaths in The Canary Islands last year

Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 38 people in the Canary Islands during 2016. The number is one less than the previous year, according to information provided by the Directorate General of Traffic. In Spain as a whole, 1,160 people lost their lives on the roads in 2016, which means 29 deaths more than in 2015

Newsbrief: Tourism increases its value for the Canarian economy

Tourist activity in the Canary Islands totalled almost €13,5 billion last year, raising the relative contribution of this sector in the Canary Islands economy to 31.9%, significantly boosting other productive sectors and is responsible for 37,6% of total employment on the islands, according to latest report from Impactur Canarias.

Newsbrief: Ten fixed public holidays or Sundays on which shops are allowed to open in 2017

The Minister of Economy, Industry, Commerce and Knowledge, Pedro Ortega, has signed the order to confirm the ten Sundays and holidays allowing commercial establishments on each island to open throughout 2017.

Newsbrief: Emergency landing in Porto from Las Palmas to East Midlands flight

A Thomas Cook airplane that departed from Gran Canaria airport had to make an emergency landing to Porto airport in Portugal last week because of ‘technical problems’ The plane, an Airbus A321-200, was traveling on Thursday 22 December, from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to East Midlands, UK with 199 people

Newsbrief: Irishman with outstanding warrants arrested in Maspalomas area

A man of Irish nationality has been arrested in the tourist town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, on the south of Gran Canaria, when he was found during a police security check to have three outstanding warrants, issued from separate courts on the island, according to the National Police.

Newsbrief: 11 arrested, 49 kg of cocaine and 20 kg of hashish seized, in the Canary Islands.

Eleven people have been arrested as part of ‘Operation Scipio’, report Policia Nacional, who say they have dismantled an organization dedicated to drug trafficking in the Canary Islands.

Newsbrief: Avenida de Tirajana partially closes Monday

One of the main streets in the San Fernando area of Maspalomas,  Avenida de Tirajana, will be partially closed on Monday 19 December for renovation and improvement works to the street lighting. The closure of Avenida de Tirajana will be at the section that travels in the North-South direction, from the Plaza de Las Lavanderas roundabout

Newsbrief: A small boat with 22 people, including 12 possible minor taken to Arguineguín

A small boat with 22 immigrants onboard was rescued and transferred last night to Arguineguín harbour. Of the passenger, 12 are possible minors. The patera was initially located by a Guardia Civil patrol boat, who then alerted the coastguard

Mogán’s energy efficient street lights

Mogán replaced 247 conventional lights with led lamps, at the end of November

Mogán’s energy efficient street lights

Newsbrief: Counterfeit sportwear sold in South

Policia Nacional detained 9 people in San Bartolomé de Tirajana earlier this month, most of them with a previous criminal record for similar offenses, as the alleged perpetrators of a crime against intellectual property by selling counterfeit sportswear valued at over €70,000. A complaint had been filed

Newsbrief: Sales of private housing to foreign buyers increased 20.6% in the first half of this year

The purchase of private housing by foreigners in the Canary Islands totaled 5,006 transactions in the first half of 2016, an increase of 20.6% over the same period last year and places the archipelago as the autonomous region with highest

Newsbrief: Foreign tourist spending rose by 12.1% in September

Foreign tourist spending in the Canary Islands rose 12.1% in September over the same month of 2015, reaching €1.124 billion, according to data released by the National Statistics Institute (INE). The average expenditure per person per day remained the same, at €130, and the total expenditure per tourist was €1,130

Newsbrief: detained after throwing a chair at a €4000 TV in Meloneras.

Policia Nacional last week detained a 30 year old, British National with initial D.L, in the southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, on suspicion of wilful damage. The man allegedly threw a chair against a television set at one of the terraces of a shopping centre

Newsbrief: Unemployment rose on the Canary Islands during October, but is more than 5% lower than last year

The number of registered unemployed, at the offices of the public employment services, rose in October in the Canary Islands. In relation to the previous month, the number grew by 1,973 people

Newsbrief: Man detained in Mogán for thefts from several vehicles

Guardia Civil  in Puerto Rico, Mogán, detained a 37 year old man with the initials J.S.P.M, of Spanish nationality and a resident of Mogán, alleged to have committed two crimes of burglary from vehicles. The investigation began in October, when Guardia Civil noticed 

Newsbrief: Crime rate in the Canary Islands is well below national average

The crime rate in the Canary Islands currently stands at 42 offences per 1,000 residents, more than 2% lower than the national average, which is currently 43.1 per thousand people. Data for the first half of this year, also reflects a 3% decrease in criminal offences throughout the archipelago

Newsbrief : House rental prices in the Canary islands grew by 0.1 % in September

The price of rental housing in the Canary Islands increased by 0.1% in September, according to the latest data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the National Statistics Institute (INE). Meanwhile, in the rest of Spain as a whole, the price remained stable, not registering any variation

Newsbrief: Couple detained for forced entry to a house they owned but rented out

Policia Nacional in Telde have detained a 59 year old man and 64 year old woman, suspected of forcing their way into a home they had rented out to tenants. The detainees, and owners of the house, are alleged to have entered the house without consent, pushing one of the tenants

Newsbrief: Canary islands have legal guardianship of 93 foreign children

The Canary Islands government department of social services has guardianship of 93 foreign children, according to the Annual Report of the Attorney General, marking the beginning of the new judicial year. The report, which also includes a total of 414 foreign children, found to be travelling alone

Newsbrief: 11 young immigrants land at Tarajalillo beach on the south east coast of Gran Canaria

A small boat carrying 11 migrants, apparently all minors, ten boys and a girl, arrived on Friday morning at a beach on the south of Gran Canaria. The migrants, all of North African origin, arrived at about half past three in the early hours of Friday

Newsbrief: Minor caught breaking in to cars in Playa del Inglés

Policia Nacional detained the youngster in San Bartolome de Tirajana a couple of weeks back, suspected of theft from inside two vehicles. The same two cars had been forced open and various objects inside removed. A phone call to 091 reporting a hooded man trying to break in to a several cars on an avenue in Playa del Inglés in San
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Newsbrief: Charged with assault and attempted robbery in Puerto Rico

A man with numerous previous criminal records has been charged with assault after allegedly wounding an apartment worker with a knife in southern Gran Canaria having entered an apartment complex twice, it is thought with the intention to commit robbery. The complex employee, in the tourist area 

Newsbrief: Man arrested in Playa del Inglés for thefts from a vehicle

Agents of the Policia Nacional arrested a 48 year old man last week in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, with numerous previous police records, suspected of robbery. The man was surprised by the owner of a car as he was leaving the vehicle with several items

Newsbrief: Small boat with immigrants landed in Pasito Bea beach last week

A small boat with 13 Maghrebi men on board, including ten who might be minors, arrived last week in southern Gran Canaria. The patera (open boat) reached the Pasito Bea beach, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, at about 14.30 hours and its occupants disembarked on their own. Some of the group walked inland unhindered

Newsbrief: Mobile payments now possible across the entire Inditex Group’s Spanish store base

Inditex, the group of stores that includes many of the most famous fashion brand chains in Spain, announced recently that they are enabling mobile payments across all of the Group’s Spanish stores from 1 September

Newsbrief: Police located 67 children in a nightclub in Playa del Inglés

Members of the Policia Nacional, in collaboration with agents of the Policia Local in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, carried out an inspection on a nightclub located in the popular tourist area of Playa del Inglés. 67 minors were located in the course of that inspection 

Newsbrief: Two detained in Puerto Rico for serious disobedience to authority and driving a stolen vehicle

Policia Local in Mogán recently detained two men, one of them a minor, for driving a stolen vehicle, having no driving license and serious disobedience to lawful authority

Newsbrief: Over-64s outnumber the under-16s in the Canary Islands

More OAPs than young people have been recorded in The Canary Islands for the first time, with an ageing index ratio of 101,7%, which means that for every 100 under 16 year-olds, there are now 101 over 64 year-olds living in the archipelago, according to a press release

Newsbrief: Greenhouse fire in Agüimes brought under control

Firefighters employed two helicopters in an intervention on Wednesday morning to extinguish an agricultural waste fire, in a covered greenhouse in the municipality of Agüimes, near a dirt road known as the Camino del Conde. The fire occurred at approximately 6:30 am this morning. Nearly 2,000 square meters of land

Newsbrief: 83,043 foreigners in the Canary Islands Social Security

The number of foreign-born workers affiliated to Social Security (‘on the paro’) stood at 83,043 throughout the Canary Islands in July. An increase of 1.3% compared to the previous month, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security reported this week.