Security at the Sagrada Família is to be increased following yesterday's arson attack (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The president of the management organisation of the Gaudí landmark, Joan Rigol, said yesterday that security would be reinforced to try to prevent a repeat of the fire that was set by a man in the sacristy of the cathedral's crypt; a man who was arrested at the site by the Mossos d'Esquadra has denied being responsible for starting the fire. Speaking to the press after visiting the cathedral, Rigol said that the site had been damaged by smoke, leaving some areas blackened, but that the overall damage was much less than had at first been feared, a statement that was later repeated by the mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu. The part that was most affected by the incident was the sacristy itself as it contained a notable amount of inflammable material, such as furniture and priests' clothing, which meant that the fire spread relatively quickly. In addition, wood in the attic of the sacristy also contributed to the progress of the fire and was responsible for the large amount of smoke caused.
The cost of filling a car tank with diesel is 24 percent more expensive this Easter than it was last year (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The cause is the rising price of petrol during recent weeks and will affect those planning a get-away in the car for this holiday weekend. While last Easter, at the start of April, 50 litres of diesel in Spain cost €52.65, this year's holiday sees the same amount cost €65.40. Similarly, standard petrol has increased by 15 percent since Easter 2010, with the price of 50 litres rising from €58.45 to €67.70 in the past 12 months or so.
The number of complaints registered about domestic abuse between teenage couples has been rising here in recent years (read article in Catalan here, Avui). As a result of this, a team of professionals from the Generalitat's mediation service (assigned to the legal department dealing with minors) has analysed the profile of girls and boys older than 14 and under 18 who have been named in such cases of violence against their partner and living in the province of Barcelona; in total, they reviewed 90 cases that were reported between 2007 and 2010. One of the results that surprised the investigators was the relatively high number of acts of aggression by girls against their boyfriends, whose proportion was higher than that amongst adults. Twenty-nine percent of the young aggressors studied were female, whereas amongst adult abusers, in 2009, only nine percent were female. The authors said that this change could be a result of growing gender equality. However, they also said that boys tended to be more violent towards their girlfriends, whereas girls are more likely to pester ex-boyfriends rather than be physically violent. Another notable finding was that the aggressors tended to have sufficient economic resources, with 75 percent of them falling into this group. However, 43 percent were recorded as being "inactive", and only one was studying for the baccalaureate [exam taken at age 18 as a qualification for going to university].