Category Archives: Newsbrief

Newsbrief: Gang of eleven caught distributing hashish throughout Canaries

Policia Nacional this month dismantled an organisation of drug traffickers who were discovered to be distributing narcotics between Gran Canaria and Tenerife, camouflaged among legal merchandise that they sent using courier companies, in an operation which saw 250 kilos of hashish

Newsbrief: teacher alleged to have behaved sexually towards children detained in the north of Gran Canaria

Guardia civil detained a teacher earlier this month for violating the sexual freedom of several students to whom he taught private classes. The Guardia Civil detained the 25-year-old

Newsbrief : Pasito Blanco party boat DJ detained with drugs.

Policia Nacional detained two 40 year old men a couple of weeks back for allegedly planning to distribute narcotic substances onboard a recreational boat intended for parties out at sea and one of them is said to have been the DJ responsible for playing the music.  Identified with initials S.G.M. and…

Newsbrief: Irish national detained for large quantity of drugs during pride event

Policia Nacional have detained a 28 year old, of Irish nationality and with initials C.D, as alleged perpetrator of a crime against public health having discovered 25 cubic centimeters of liquid ecstasy, crystal meth and cocaine all hidden in his underwear during the pride event in San Bartolomé de Tirajana.

Newsbrief: Nelson Mandela pier repair will cost €600,000 and last three months

The repair work to the Nelson Mandela pier in Las Palmas, which was hit by a Naviera Armas ferry on April 21, will cost €600,000 and last three months, according to the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Luis Ibarra. They first need to dismantle

Newsbrief: Detained for up to seven burglaries around the south of Gran Canaria

Policia Nacional in San Bartolomé de Tirajana have detained a 36-year-old Cameroonian national, with 67 previous police records, for allegedly having committed seven burglaries from apartments and bungalows in the south of Gran Canaria. The robberies occurred over the last four months

Newsbrief: Police seize invasive alien speices, California King Snake, for sale online on Gran Canaria

The GRUMACanarian Police Environment Group on Gran Canaria seized a specimen of the species Lampropeltis Californiae last week, commonly known as the California King Snake (Culebra Real de California in Spanish)

Newsbrief: Canarias registered the 2nd highest annual economic growth in Spain

The Canary Islands ended the first quarter of the year with a year-on-year growth in gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.7%, the second highest in the country, after the Balearic Islands (4.2 %). The Independent Authority of Fiscal Responsibility

28 rescued from patera headed to Canaries

The Salvamento Maritimo, Marine Rescue centre, in Las Palmas coordinated a search

Newsbrief: Two suspected cyber-criminals detained on Gran Canaria

Police say they have dismantled a group of cyber-criminals accused of selling online tools used to infect thousands of computers worldwide with malicious software, in an operation that has resulted in five detainees: one in Las Palmas, one in El Doctoral

Newsbrief: The Canary Islands economy closed the 2016 financial year with an acceptable deficit

The Canary Islands closed the 2016 financial year with a deficit of €140 million, 0.33% of GDP, the lowest of all autonomous regions in Spain and 0.4% below the ceiling established for autonomous communities. According to the recently published national accounting data

Newsbrief: King and Queen of Spain to visit Canary Islands 24-25 April

Their Majesties Don Felipe and Doña Letizia will be visiting Gran Canaria on the 24th of April and the next day they will travel to Tenerife. This is the first time Philip VI has travelled together with Queen Letizia to the archipelago since having been proclaimed monarch in June 2014, after his…

Newsbrief: Brit detained during holiday in Las Palmas for assaulting partner

An incident took place last Friday on Calle Olof Palme in the Capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas. Agents of the Policía de Barrio responded to a report made to 092 (the direct police contact number) about a couple on the street engaged in a heated argument, when officers arrived…

Newsbrief: Very precious luggage forgotten in airport elevator

Policia Nacional in the south of Gran Canaria have located a suitcase containing jewellery inside, valued at more than €100,000 that appears to have been lost on arrival to the island by its owner, a foreign tourist. The search for the missing bag was triggered following a report from a foreign couple

Newsbrief: Las Palmas records best numbers of British tourists in the last decade

Gran Canaria’s capital, Las Palmas, this February recorded their best figures for overnight stays by British tourists and travellers from Great Britain since 2009. The city is currently seeing record numbers of travellers from the British Isles, which are the highest since the Instituto Canario started

Newsbrief: Man arrested while burying more than 1kg of cocaine

Guardia Civil arrested a 39-year-old man last week who they surprised while he was burying a large packet containing a kilo of cocaine in a Gran Canaria barranco ravine. The arrest was carried out as part of an operation deployed by the Guardia Civil’s Anti-Organized Crime and Anti-Drugs Team

Newsbrief : Tough flu season in the Canaries, as recorded flu deaths double

The winter flu season 2016-2017 has seen 140 hospitalised cases of confirmed influenza, of which 95,7% were virus A and the rest, virus B. Twenty-four deaths have also been reported, all due to virus A, with the exception of one case of virus B. Last flu season ended with 190…

Newsbrief: ‘Poema del Mar aquarium’ announce opening at the end of the year 2017

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the Loro Parque Group this week presented the newly constructed Poema del Mar Aquarium at the ITB, which is the world’s largest tourism trade fair held in Berlin. They also announced that opening will be at the end of the year

Newsbrief: Registered unemployment falls in the Canary Islands in February

Registered unemployment numbers dropped in the Canary Islands by 1,874 people over the last month, February, which means 0.81% than the previous month, according to official figures, to stand at 229,900 registered unemployed (on the Paro) across all the islands, according to the Ministry of Employment

Newsbrief: The SBT Town Council have improved visibility and safety in 22 pedestrian crossings

The Town Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has improved lighting in 22 zebra crossings in the municipality. The new public street lights were installed to increase and improve the visibility and security at pedestrian crossings

Newsbrief: End of high EU roaming charges in sight, to begin June 2017

A European Union political agreement between the representatives of the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission has been announced as a final achievement that looks set to finally make proposals for the so-called “roam-like-at-home” project start working as of 15 June 2017

Newsbrief: Carrefour to stop selling Panga fish throughout Spain

The French distribution chain Carrefour, who have several supermarkets on the island in both Las Palmas and Vecindario, have announced that they will stop selling both fresh and frozen Panga fish (a type of white catfish) in their hypermarkets and supermarkets throughout Spain, in line with a decision taken earlier by the group in…

Newsbrief: drug smuggling ring detected in the capital Las Palmas, six arrested

Policia Nacional last week detained six members of an organization, of African origin, in the island’s capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, accused of introducing heroin and cocaine to the islands using a human “mule” system

Newsbrief: Detained for allegedly impersonating a police officer in Mogán

Guardia Civil from their Main Post in Puerto Rico -Mogán on the night of  February 1 detained a 28 year old with the initials M.M.C, and with numerous previous police records, as having allegedly committed theft and accused of “usurpation of public functions”. Investigations began on January 26, when the victim

Newsbrief: Mogán looks to guarantee ability to grant future investment, through expansion and improvement of water treatment plants

The expansion of the water treatment plant would enable the Mogán city council to grant more hotel, urban and residentials licenses in the future

Newsbrief: Suspected tourist credit card fraudsters arrested in Mogán

The Guardia Civil Main Post in Puerto Rico de Mogán detained two people, with initials S.D. And A.K., accused of fraud. Both are foreign residents of Asian origin and employees of an electronics shop located in the municipality of Mogán. An investigation began as a result of a complaint to Guardia Civil

Newsbrief : Detected energy fraud almost doubled in the archipelago last year

Endesa, the electrical utility company, detected more than 62 million kilowatt hours (kWh) being defrauded in the Canary Islands last year. A result of more than 5,000 fraud cases that surfaced following inspections carried out. It is the energy equivalent to what the inhabitants of La Gomera consume

Newsbrief : 1-1-2 Canarias coordinated a total of 496,318 incidents in 2016, an increase of 1.2%

1-1-2 Canarias coordinated a total of 496,318 incidents during 2016, an increase of 1.2% compared to 2015, that’s 6,158 more cases dealt with. 54% of the calls received were from the eastern islands – Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura

Newsbrief: tourists couple detained after assaulting each other in the south of Gran Canaria

San Bartolomé de Tirajana police detained a man and a woman of 34 and 35 years of age, both British nationality and without previous police records, suspected of an offense of assault. The intervention began after police received a 091 call from a hotel in the south of Gran Canaria