13-19 June 2014
“Lowlifes” steal recycling bins
THE GUARDIA CIVIL is still appealing to the public regarding the disappearance of 15-year-old Khristina who has been missing from her home in Javea since 20th May. Khristina’s fellow students at Javea’s Institut have taken part in an awareness campaign to bring attention to the search for Khristina. Anyone who has information that could lead to finding Khristina is asked to notify the Guardia Civil on 96 579 1085 or 062, or the local police on 96 579 0081.
by Jack Troughton COLD-HEARTED THIEVES have stolen two 600€ recycling bins and their contents which help charity EMAUS raise money to continue its community work. The distinctive blue metal containers were stolen from the Iceland car part at Benissa on 24th May and outside the EMAUS workshop on the N340 near Altea the following weekend. Before they were stolen, EMAUS had 34 of the bins scattered around Alicante collecting donations of clothes, shoes, leather bags, bedding and toys. And recycling coordinator Martin Kyme told RTN: “Anyone taking one of these bins knows straight away they are taking the food out of the mouths of children. It is a really lowlife act stealing from a charity.” He said it would take four strong men or a crane to lift the 150kg containers – which are even heavier when full. “Someone may have seen something – it must have been at night when fewer people are about but someone could have seen it and we are appealing for witnesses.” EMAUS is perhaps best known for caring for children in family-based
Martin with one of the charity bins
homes through the region. However, now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the charity also cares for the elderly, the victims of domestic violence, and handicapped people. RECYCLE Martin said: “The recycling scheme is working really well at the moment. The weather is picking up and people are changing to summer clothes and donating more of their old stuff. “Unfortunately the two spots are popular and the bins are always full, so they knew what they were doing.” He said the thefts were reported to
the Guardia Civil but he feared more would be stolen after the scheme had been targeted in what he described as an apparent “vendetta”. Extra security has been put in at all sites – the bins are now securely locked and chained. “Unfortunately, although this is a very mean crime, it is also a low priority one,” said Martin. “The Guardia said if we put chains and locks on the bins and one goes missing when they cut the chain, it is a more serious matter – it goes from simple theft to robbery.” Anyone with information can email martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Guardia Civil.
Margaret Hales with Mayor Josep Femenia
Continued from front page Margaret said signs announcing the existence of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme would be placed around the urbanisation – helping to warn criminals they were being watched. “There is also an initiative for security cameras to be placed at the two entrances to Cumbre del Sol – it is part of the whole project to properly signpost Cumbre’s streets.” The meeting heard that if anyone saw a crime taking place – someone climbing over a fence into a villa or walking down the drive carrying a television – they should immediately call police using the 112 emergency number. However, when people saw something suspicious, such as a car circling the area or someone “disturbing the environment”, they should note the vehicle’s number and details - or a description of a suspicious person - and pass it on through the coordinators. There were forms on the Neighbourhood Watch website to help report the information and “prompt” memories about important details. Anyone interested in becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator can attend the next meeting on Thursday 19 June at 6pm at the Espai Cultural MultiFuncional, Benitachell (on the opposite corner to the Police Station). For more information Lead Coordinators Muriel and Mike Sadler 634 343 400 or email email@example.com The association’s website is www.nhwinspain.com/cumbredelsol
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