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Wednesday 30 July, 2014 Edition #4408
 

Editorial: Law and order

By Jason Moore

I posted on our social media sites on Monday night that nine prostitutes/muggers who had been “operating” in Magalluf had been sent to jail. The response was enormous. Hundreds of people both here and in Britain welcomed the news. On facebook most of the comments were “about time” and “lets hope that more arrests take place.” I don´t think Ihave ever seen a Bulletin news story receive such a response which clearly underlines the fact that people feel very strongly about the prostitution problem in Magalluf. The nine women had been “caught red handed”, robbing tourists which allowed police to move in and make the arrests. The Calvia Council has said that scores of prostitutes have been arrested so far in Magalluf this summer. Now, it appears that some of Magalluf´s ills are being reactified. The mass media campaign which showed Magalluf in a poor light over the last month, appears to have helped push the local authorities into action. One of our reporters was in Magalluf last weekend and said there were scores of police officers on duty checking that the new legislation on pub-crawls was being enforced and also ensuring there were no other incidents. Magalluf has now almost become a political issue in Calvia with the various political parties criticising each other on what should be done. But at the moment it does appear that there is a cure for some of Magalluf´s ills which is great news indeed. Praise for the media? Never!!!

SUMMER TIME IN MAJORCA

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Our holiday snap today is El Toro by Iain Duncan. Please send us your holiday snaps for publication here and online.

Traditional parade

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Palma.—The traditional parade in honour of  Santa Catalina Tomas was celebrated on Monday night in  Valldemossa. Hundreds flocked to  see the parade, which this year was not incident free. One of the mules that pushed the main horse drawn carriage fell hurting a youngster in the process and delaying the procession for about 20 minutes..

Green light for shopping centre in Playa de Palma

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The Palma City Council gave the new green light yesterday to the construction of a new shopping complex at Ses Fontanelles in the Playa de Palma. The project has a budget of 225 million euros and is expected to create hundreds of new jobs. The developers hope that a wide range of international stores will be attracted to the multi-million euro complex.

Boarding card machines and more security filters

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 Palma airport has installed a further 12 automated boarding card machines and increased the number of security filters in an effort to ease passenger flow during the busy summer months. Palma airport becomes one of the busiest in Europe during the summer months handling thousands of passengers each day. The airport authorities hope that the move will boost passenger comfort.

Joint German, French and local police patrols

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Palma.—The true face of international police co-operation was on show in Majorca yesterday when joint police patrols involving German, French and Majorcan officers were unveiled.
Three German police officers and a single French officer have travelled to the island to join their local counterparts this summer. It is all part of a plan to bring police forces together. The French officer has  already been involved helping his local counterparts because many of the eye-witnesses to the boat explosion in Porto Colom last Thursday were French.  The three German officers are expected to be sent to the resorts popular with German tourists.

“Matas´ jailing shows no-one is above the law...”

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Palma.—The ruling Partido Popular said that the jailing of one of its senior former ministers clearly shows that no-one was above the law.
Jaume Matas, ex-Balearic President and former Minister for the Environment in Madrid, went to jail in Segovia on Monday charged with using his position in public office  for his own benefit. The charge relates to the construction of the Palma Arena velodrome. Matas could serve up to nine month in jail and he still faces a number of other court cases on corruption charges. Matas won a landslide victory for the Partido Popular in the Balearics in 2003 and narrowly missed being re-elected again in 2007.

Today's weather

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High of 33 and low 18

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