FOLLOWING the death of a young man who was shot in the Las Albarizas district of Marbella, 120 people are reported to have fled the area in fear.
A far cry from the glitter and glamour of the nearby Golden Mile, Las Albarizas had been the home of two separate gypsy groups since the early 90s, when a large group from Almeria known as Los Ratones, the rats, moved in.
Although the two communities had lived together in peace for decades, the situation got out of hand in seconds in early April when three young men from the Ratones group allegedly shot a local youth inside his car.
As tempers got out of hand and threats were made, police officers were brought in to keep the peace and have been permanently present ever since.
Yet witnesses reported that the gypsies have their own laws, which apparently sent the entire Ratones group, approximately 120 people, flying within an hour.
The general consensus on the street is that things will calm down as long as the group doesn’t return, but witnesses reported that if they do return more deaths can be expected.