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Weekend drug arrests
During the Easter weekend the Guardia Civil arrested four individuals at the ‘I Love Music Festival’ – where Craig David was performing – allegedly for drug related offences.
Cocaine, MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy) and cannabis, were confiscated, presumably ready for distribution and sale among those attending the event. As a result four men were detained aged from 16years of age to 30 years of age.
As for the detainees, four men whose ages range from 30 to 16 years of age were arrested.
The youngest, 16yrs was found in possession of cocaine in two separate envelopes, ecstasy tablets and an amount of cash.

The eldest of those arrested was a resident of Granadilla de Abona, 30 years of age who was found in possession of 6 grams of cocaine, hashish and a large amount of cash.

EU subsidy boosts Santander crossings


BRITTANY FERRIES, which uses the aptly-nicknamed “Sea Motorway”, between Santander and Portsmouth, has been granted a 5.6-million-euro subsidy by the European Commission.


It was given as part of the Marco Polo II programme – a road-traffic avoidance project – and a further 1.2m Euros. went to a company using the rival route, between Vigo and the French port of Nantes-Saint Nazaire.


Thirty-two of the 101 projects up for funding by the Marco Polo II programme have been given a total of 56.98m euros.


The subsidy enables French firm Brittany Ferries to supply a service three times a week from Santander and Bilbao to Portsmouth.


That spells good news for Tenerife-bound drivers –  usually the winter Swallows – who bring their cars across from the UK to Santa Cruz via the ferry.


Turismo de Tenerife

Turismo de Tenerife, the tourist arm of the Tenerife Cabildo has proposed the creation of a special police force to look after tourists during their stay on the Island.
If it gets the go ahead ‘Servicio de Atenci�n al Turista Extranjero’ (SATE), as it would be called would help specifically tourists affected by crime, mainly in the south of the island, concentrating on overcoming the language barrier and form filling, assisting by advising the appropriate authorities etc.
Adeje youth offer
Beginning on Saturday April 30th and then every Saturday until May 21st, the youth department of Adek Town Council are offering youngsters fitness training. From 10am until 1pm the sessions will cover :- basic elements of the human body, nutrition, dietary supplements and training plan – all for a cost of 5 euros per session. If you are interested contact Adeje on 922781808.
Rotary club
The Rotary club are organising their charity golf tournament for the 16th consecutive year. For more information you can contact 




Stepy granted leave
Family man Stephen Johnson was accused of a murder here in Tenerife, last week he returned to his Sunderland home for health reasons – albeit for a short period of time.
Stephen Johnson, 56, from Sunderland was accused of murdering a Moroccan on the island in January 2008 and has been on restrictive bail ever since.
Last week he was granted permission by the Judge at the High Court in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, to go back to his home in the North East, but only for seven weeks to undergo medical treatment for arthritis and high cholesterol levels.
Stephen Johnson, owner of Stepy’s Coaches back in the UK has always denied the charges and as yet no trial date has been set.
In the meantime for the past three years he has been on bail and restricted to living on the island, ideal some would say, but not if you’re thousands of miles away from your wife, three children and grand-daughter.
Stephen’s wife Joan, told Canarian Weekly, “Stephen asked for permission to come home – on 15th January 2011, 3 months ago when he returned back from his last visit.”
Stephen has been permitted to return to the UK previously during his bail with an aim to attempt to keep his coach business going.
Joan continued, “7 weeks was requested to give him the opportunity to seek medical treatment x rays, blood tests etc.  To sort out his business and financial affairs and spend time with his family. (His coach business is now almost at a stand still due to Stephen being stuck over in Tenerife)”
“The arthritis in his fingers is bad and his cholesterol readings are at a dangerous level.  The stress and strain of having so much time from his family and business is not helping.”
Johnson’s case is one of those that seems to have dragged on, for whatever reason, with no concrete progress being made.
Joan confirmed to Canarian Weekly, “There is still no trial date, although his paper work has apparently being transferred to the high court in Santa Cruz.  He had to apply to the court in Santa Cruz to get his passport back.
He has had no positive contact from any authorities in Tenerife or England. The foreign office and my local MP are aware of his situation and they are contacting the British and Spanish embassy regarding the length of time this is taking to go to trial.”

Stephen Johnson’s fight continues when he arrives back in Tenerife on the 7th June.

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