a weekly update of the local news


Murdered by her ex-husband – 43 year old mother of 3, Rosine Roig, lived in fear of her ex-husband and for several weeks had been in hiding from him as he had been threatening and harrassing her.  Sadly on the night of 16th September he kidnapped her as she left work at the Ceret Art Museum, drove her to a remote spot between Ortaffa and Brouilla, tied her up and then shot her in the head before throwing her body into a well.  He handed himself in at the police station and admitted his crime.
Drowning at Sainte-Marie-la-Mer – A 58 year old woman was found lying at the bottom of her swimming pool.  Efforts to revive her proved useless and it is believed she suffered a heart-attack.
Double theft from Cannabis plantation – The drugs squad were called to investigate 4 individuals who were said to be behaving strangely – they were found to be throwing dozens of cannabis plants away in a sector north of Perpignan.  On being arrested they admitted that they had stolen the plants from an illegal cannabis plantation but, on finding them to be of bad quality, decided to throw them away.  Shortly afterwards the drugs squad received an anonymous tip off and found a car with 30 cannabis plants hidden under a sheet inside.  The 2 young men arrested admitted they had stolen the plants – from the same illegal plantation.
Fatal car crash at Les Cluses – A head-on collision on the D900 resulted in the death of a 65 year old man.  The Ford Ka, travelling from the Le Perthus direction, crossed the white line and hit a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.  The driver died of a heart attack and the 66 year old occupants of the other vehicle are said to be shocked but unhurt.
Arrested for 48 thefts – a mini crime-wave which hit the Haut Vernet area of Perpignan recently is over, following the arrest of one man and two minors.  Between February and September they had been targetting the elderly residents, robbing them of handbags, mobile phones, jewellery etc, sometimes punching and kicking their victims before escaping with their booty.
And finally….
Walker refused to be rescued – On Friday evening a rescue party was sent to find a 40 year old walker who had not been in touch with his family since Monday.  The man had planned to cross the Pyrenees from the Ariege to Banyuls-sur-Mer and had promised to call or text every evening to reassure his family that he was safe.  When his wife had received no news for 4 days she reported him missing.  The Dragon 66 helicopter service quickly tracked the man down near the Pic du Canigou and he assured them that he had simply forgotten to call home, wished to continue with his walk and did not need ‘rescuing’.  We wish him luck – with his wife…

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