Police have arrested five people in relation to the shooting of a bank cashier in the southern Catalan town of Cambrils last year (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The detainees are all from the same band of thieves and amongst them is the presumed killer of the woman. The operation to make the arrests was carried out in Bilbao, Vizcaya and Cantabria; it is thought that the group is responsible for a string of thefts in Spain, particularly in the Cantabria area. Police targeted six addresses in their efforts to arrest the men, four of which were in the city of Bilbao, including a restaurant. Due to the number of seriousness of the crimes that the men are presumed to have carried out, police sources say that the group was the most important one that has been operating in Spain in recent times. The most serious crime that they're thought to have been committed was that which took place in Cambrils on October 25th last year, when the 25-year-old bank worker, Estela Calduch, was killed in the branch of Banco Santander; she was shot in the neck and died due to the amount of blood she lost from her injury. Two men, with their faces uncovered, had entered the branch to rob it, and they were captured on security cameras.
The threat of a strike by Spanish football clubs this weekend is currently being considered by a Madrid judge who is due to meet today with representatives from the Spanish league (LFP) and from the six clubs who don't want to take the stoppage action (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Those clubs from the first and second divisions who do want to see the strike go ahead are seeking the end of the broadcast of matches on public television, as a way for them to make more money from selling rights to the pay-per-view broadcasters; in this way, they could be set to make €150 million thanks to the new contract for television rights being negotiated, which is due to take effect for the 2015 season. Behind this action lies the financial problems that many Spanish clubs are facing; collectively, the clubs have debt of more than €4 billion. Government sources say that there is little chance of providing financial assistance to clubs.
Barcelona city council wants there to be more women in the Guardia Urbana police force as part of its attempts to provide more equal opportunities to both genders (read article in Catalan here, Avui). At the current time, more than 92 percent of the members of 'uniformed forces' in Barcelona, including the Guardia Urbana and firefighters, are men; similarly, the number of men applying to be in the police, fire brigade, etc. far outweighs that of women. In contrast, when it comes to social work, more than 70 percent of employees are female. To try to overcome such distortions, the council has designed its first plan for equality between the sexes. The document has been written in collaboration with trade unions and various council departments, and consists of a series of measures to create equal opportunities and treatment for both men and women, and thus avoid any kind of gender discrimination.