Sunday, 25 June 2017
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fireforestAt dawn on Sunday, the government declared a state of emergency due to a forest fire that had broken out early on Saturday afternoon in the Leiria district. Already 43 are confirmed dead.

The deadly forest fire swept over villages and countryside at Pedrógão Grande, 50 kilometres south-east of Coimbra,  trapping many in their cars and overwhelming those who tried to run away from the blaze which has left 59 people injured, including several fire fighters and a child.

aeroVIPAn Aero Vip flight coming in to land at Cascais aerodrome had to dive out of the way to avoid hitting a drone flying at 300 metres altitude.

The incident above Cascais Aerodrome happened at around 6.00pm on Friday evening with Captain Jorge Cernadas later stating:  "On the approach Cascais I glimpsed an object that I thought was a bird. As I approached, I realised that it was a large, four-rotor drone. I had to dive to avoid a collision with the drone, which passed about five meters above the left wing."

snakeAlgarveVila Real de Santo António firemen received a surprising call this morning “a foreigner has been bitten by a snake.”

Indeed he had been, after the large reptile had been disturbed in vegetation under a prefab in Caliço near Vila Nova de Cacela and attacked a 60-year-old tourist staying at the tourist development.

oilrigThe Algarve Free of Oil Platform, PALP, announced today that its court injunction to halt the drilling for oil off Aljezur has been accepted as valid by the Administrative and Fiscal Tribunal of Loulé.

The preliminary injunction was filed by PALP in an attempt to stop the drilling in the sea off the Natural Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina.

burglaryA well-organised team of burglars that have caused misery to householders have been arrested as its members were preparing to flee the country.

Three men and a woman, suspected of carrying out a spate of break-ins across the Algarve in recent weeks, were arrested on Wednesday, June 14, by criminal investigation officers from Portimão’s GNR base.

firePortimão council is to replace the firefighting truck that was burnt-out in the June 12th fire near Marmalete, Monchique.

The council is in talks with the Municipal Civil Protection Service and the Volunteer Firefighters of Portimão to replace the €122,160 truck that was handed over to the fire service in 2014.

querencaThe council owned company that has run the loss-making Fatacil annual fair in Lagoa has been under pressure for years to explain how such a popular event consistently manages to lose money.

When the current council administration took over, Lagoa’s mayor, Francisco Martins, said in 2013 that Fatasul was to undergo a full audit covering the past three years in an attempt to bring some clarity to the staggering €700,000 in debt accumulated by Fatasul.

INEM125A motorcyclist died on the Algarve's EN125 yesterday afternoon when his bike hit a car.

Bruno Gonçalves, 35, from Fuseta, died instantly after the collision in the Quatrim area of ​​Olhão.