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Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 11

Hot Weather Expected This Weekend

The weather service is predicting unseasonably high temperatures this weekend, with 30 degrees or more expected in most parts of the island.

Arrieta Chiringuito To Close

As we reported more than a year ago, the Chiringuito Beach Bar at Arrieta is to close very soon. The bar was granted a two year licence in 1998, which was never renewed, so it has effectively been operating illegally for more than twenty years. Haria Ayuntamiento say they will refurbish the area and offer the concession again once completed.

Arrest Made For Fake Designer Goods

Police have arrested a man and confiscated 6 machines and more than 3,000 items of apparel from an address in Arrecife. The factory was making counterfeit goods including bags, T shirts, caps sweatshirts and backpacks illegally using designer logos. In a separate operation, police also confiscated 94 fake designer watches being sold on a street stall in Arrecife.

German Tourism Moves Back Into Second Place

January’s tourism figures showed that German visitors moved back into second place, with just under 29,000 visitors coming to the island from that country. The British market remained the largest, with 104,000 visitors in the month.

Stratvs Defendants Acquittal Upheld

The Supreme Court has upheld the acquittal of the defendants in the Stravs case, dismissing the prosecutor’s appeal. Owner Juan Francisco Rosa, the architect and several planning technicians can get back to normal life after the end of the case that has run for so many years. Rosa has yet to comment, but his lawyer talked about the nightmare of the last few years for his client, and suggested he may seek compensation for the financial loss of the winery being closed for four years by the courts.

Primark Recruiting

Primark are currently recruiting around 50 staff for its first store in Lanzarote, which will open “before the summer,” in a 4000 M2 unit next to Zara at Open Mall in Arrecife.

Property Prices Increase Most In Yaiza

The average price of property in Lanzarote has increased by 23.2% in Yaiza municipality over the last 12 months, reaching almost €3000 per square metre. Haria was in second place with an increase of 18.6%, followed by Tias, with 15.1%, Teguise with 10.6% and Arrecife with 9.3%. San Bartolomé and Tinajo had the smallest increases with 2.6% and 5.8% respectively.

Lost Hikers Located By Drone

Two hikers who were lost and in distress were located by a police drone in the Los Ajaches area of the island on Sunday evening. Firefighters were despatched and the two women, British Tourists were taken to their car.

New Manrique Book Launched At Jameos del Agua

A new book entitled ‘César Manrique y Haría. The artist and the beauty of the place’ was launched at Jameos del Agua this week at an event attended by senior members of The Cabildo. The book has been written by Francisco Galante, Professor of Art History of the University of La Laguna in Tenerife.

Motorist Being Investigated For Driving At 164 KM/H

A 25 year old motorist is being investigated after police clocked him travelling at 164 KM/H on the LZ34 in an area with a speed limit of 60.

We’ll add more news here as it comes in……

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