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15 Jun 2016 22:34:

Good evening.

Can anyone suggest where to buy an aluminium gas water heater cover in the Torrevieja area please ?  Also any imdication of cost would also  be appreciated.  I've tried online but without success.

Thank you. 

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09 Feb 2015 22:44:

Baz is quite correct regarding the UK. 

The law is very specific and is laid out in Section 5(1) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968. 

This act prohibits any weapon of any description, designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other substance.

There are companies who claim to offer legal alternatives but if the spray has any incapacitation capability it is a weapon. Whether any of these would be legal on the continent I don't know but you would probably commit several offences simply by transporting them across borders and on board a commercial vessel if the item was classed as a weapon. 

John and Judy I think you're taking a very sensible approach to manage a small but real risk. With basic planning and a few simple measures you can reduce the threat to yourselves considerably without the need to engage in a confrontation. Many of these individuals will not back down and with very little to lose unless an individual was confident he could face down a group of assailants it would be foolish to engage in any form of physical fight.  

Whilst we'd all like to think we're capable of facing down this if the worst should happen the reality of dealing with a group of aggressors in a strange place means the outcome will seldom be as good as we would like to believe it will be. 

I appreciate not everyone will agree with my views and that's their right but reality is tough to ignore. 





Thread: Highway Robbers

09 Feb 2015 09:13:

No Mickyfinn; you're best defence is to avoid the risk as far as possible and have a plan if something does happen like driving to a service station with lots of people around.

If you personally feel able to take on three or four young guys with nothing much to lose then good luck but you will find Spain has laws regarding weapons and the use of excessive force just like the UK. Personally I'd say it's better to arrive alive than spend you're holiday in a hospital or worse if you are unlucky enough to experience this type of incident. 

Thread: Highway Robbers

08 Feb 2015 22:43:

John and Judy first of all let me say I'm sorry to hear what happened to your friends.

Steone is right about committing an offence if you carry an item such as a baseball bat even for the purpose of self defence. In reality even if you decided to do this and became involved in a confrontation there is a real possibility that you will not be able to deter three or four younger individuals who are likely to be used to violent encounters. Put simply, if you don't scare them off quickly the situation is likely to go downhill pretty fast with far more serious consequences. 


The best advice is plan your route, check the latest travel information and forums before setting off and be alert to your surroundings at all times. Taking simple precautions and having a plan to deal with situations like the one described here may not appeal to the have-a-go heroes out there, and hopefully you'll never use it, but it is probably the most sensible way to reduce the risks of what remains, fortunately, a very rare event.

Thread: Highway Robbers

11 Aug 2014 21:17:

The problem I have found is that you need to top up every 3 to 6 months which doesn't really work if you just want a local number when visiting and don't make many calls. If anyone has any ideas on a good network which doesn't want a top up every few months to stay active then I'd be grateful for suggestions. 

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