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2 youths arrested in Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on March 24, 2008
Posted in Local News 

Additional Police on duty, and extra road blocks over the Easter weekend, led to the arrest of a youth who has been wanted in connection with various crimes for some time.

Two youths aged 20yrs, M.A.G.R and 24yrs, J.U.R.B, both from Icod, were stopped in a routine road block in Puerto Santiago on Thurday 20th March. Local police became suspicious when the youths began to show nervous behaviour.

Upon further questioning the youths paniced and tried to drive off. Quick action by the police led to the arrest of both men. A stolen credit card belonging to a Norwegian woman was found during a body search.

Both men were arrested and are waiting charges. The stolen car and credit cards were handed back to the rightful owners.

Illegal Camping

Posted by dolly diver on March 24, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Locals in El Varadero breathed a sigh of relief last year when illegal camping at Punta Blanca was stopped and enforced by the local authorities. Suddenly there was an end to aggressive behaviour, noise in the streets, piles of rubbish left on the beach and a noticeable difference in the number of car and house break-ins.

However, other local authorities are not enforcing the law and over the Easter Weekend more than 10,000 illegal campers descended on the south coast of Tenerife.

There is only 1 authorised campsite in Tenerife, Montaña Roja, El Médano, which has toilet and washing facilities.

Campers complain that the site is too expensive, almost as expensive as staying in a hotel, and has very strict rules. They claim they are forced, year after year, to camp illegally facing harassment from local authorities and call on the government to create more authorised campsites at affordable prices.

Youth arrested at Easter celebrations – Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on March 24, 2008
Posted in Local News 

As the Easter Saturday celebrations in the Plaza Puerto Santiago were coming to an end a youth estimated to be in his early twenties from Municipio del Rosario identified as A.C.A.D. started showing aggressive behaviour towards locals at the event.

Despite efforts from locals to calm him down fighting broke out and the local police were soon on the scene.

The youth resisted arrest but was eventually pinned down by local police and Guardia Civil. He was hand cuffed then taken by car to give a statement at the local police station. As he was put in the car the youth was seen to bang his head continuously against the car window.

After giving a statement the youth was then handed over to the Guardia Civil where he spent the night cooling off behind bars at Guia De Isora.

On Good Friday, Guardia Civil officers in Guía de Isora arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with a spate of breaking and entering offences in the area. The suspect is also accused of stealing a birdcage from a local finca containing two rare birds, valued at more than €2,000.

Also on Good Friday, local police in Santiago del Teide arrested two youths, 18 and 22, caught driving a stolen car. They were detained at the Guardia Civil in Guia de Isora.

Robot submarine to search for missing divers

Posted by dolly diver on March 24, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

The massive air–sea rescue search for the 2 missing divers who failed to surface after a cave dive at Palm Mar, near Punta Rasca on Thursday has so far been unsuccessful.

The Guardia Civil have brought in a robotic video submarine from the mainland to aid in the search for the two divers which can dive to a depth of 150 meters.Guardia Civil preparing to search

The divers have been named as Guardia Civil Sergeant Luis Santamaria, 46, a native of Seville, now based in Tenerife, and 33-year-old Belgian, Phlip K, who lives in Arona, son of the La Ballena diving club owner.

This weekend saw the spring equinox which causes very high and very low tides which generate stronger than normal currents adding problems to the search.

A team from the rescue boat, Pico Teide, while out searching for the two missing divers, came across an unrelated body yesterday, floating 300m from the beach at Fañabe. The corpse was taken to Santa Cruz where experts are trying to identity of the body of the Caucasian male, around 30 years old, dressed in blue jeans, black shoes, blue Speedo swim trunks, and a long sleeved red T-shirt.