Crackdown on Magaluf street boozing begins in earnest

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NEW regulations to curb wild partying are slowly but surely starting to be enforced in Calvia. Across the town that includes the British holiday hotspot, Magaluf, Local Police are to start fining anyone seen consuming alcohol in the street as well as those seen topless in areas not close to the beaches, amongst other restrictions.
The new socialist local government has viewed the new laws’ introductory period completed, having given long enough to allow people to adapt since they came into force on June 9. Until now, local police had only been informing those not complying with new regulations but had not issued fines.
“The reaction of people to the new laws over the past few weeks has been good,” said head of the Local Police, Jose Luis Rubiales. “People comply when they are informed.”
During the initial days, police have detected the main infractions to be the consumption of alcohol in the streets, which is forbidden between 10pm and 8am, and dress code violations, which will start being prosecuted.
The increased police presence in areas such as Punta Ballea in Magaluf will be extended for the rest of the summer, according to council representatives.
“We want a space for youths’ leisure that is as safe as possible for tourists, but also for locals,” said councillor for Safety, Andreu Serra.
When asked about the presence of British policemen in the streets of Magaluf, a measure that was announced at the end of 2014, he answered that the possibility would be discussed this week in a meeting with the Central Government Representative in the Balearic Islands, Teresa Palma. Mr Serra said that last year German and French policemen were in the area to aid Spanish authorities.


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