The local police force, the Guàrdia Urbana, is to undertake a campaign to try and slow the rise in robberies of Bicing bikes in Barcelona (article in Catalan, Avui). While agents already do spot checks on cyclists in the city, they will now also include those who are riding bikes from the municipal bike rental system that is used by thousands of residents each day. The reason for this move is the growing number of bike thefts from Bicing, which the city council reckons to be more than 400 a year. As such agents will do checks at the most used bike stations, checking the Bicing cards and DNIs of random users. Certain stations have seen a rise in robberies in recent times, including those close to the Arc del Triomf, and in the neighbourhoods of Besòs, Diagonal Mar and Poblenou.
Six footballers from the amateur Barcelona football team Bada-Bing have been sentenced to up to six years of prison for racism (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Seven men from the team were originally accused of racism in a match they played against a team called Rosario Central in January this year, which saw members of the latter attacked and harassed. Two brothers, Valentín and Israel Moreno Gómez were said to be the main instigators of the attack—they have been imprisoned since the day of the incident—and were each sentenced to more than six years in jail for crimes of issuing threats, causing injury, coercion and public disorder. The other four who were found guilty will spend between two and three years behind bars. In addition, the six men have to pay €18,420 to Rosario Central.
A team of archaeologists has started to evacuate the mass Civil War grave in Granada where it is thought the remains of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca are buried (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Three archaeologists and two assistants began their task early yesterday morning; there are six suspected graves in total, although they have begun focusing on four of them. Their work was observed by family members of other people who are also thought to be buried in the spot in Fuente Grande in Alfacar; some wanted to find out what they would have to do to claim the remains of relatives in the event they were uncovered. However, the family of Lorca has asked that his remains not be identified. It is thought that the first findings won’t be discovered for around six weeks, and then DNA analysis will be used to identify the bodies.
Also in the news: Overweight child taken away from parents’ care in Galicia (La Vanguardia); Original tiles uncovered in Passeig de Gràcia metro station (La Vanguardia); Over 600,000 people could take part in popular votes on Catalan independence in December (Avui); Spanish education minister proposes making school obligatory for 17 and 18 year olds (El Periodico)