Safety first at the Marbella fair

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REVELLERS: Enjoying the fun of the fair.

ALMOST 100 Local Police officers will be on patrol each day for the 2016 Marbella Fair, which starts on Monday (June 6) and runs until Sunday (June 12).

The exact number of officers will vary depending on the amount of public present at any time, the council reported, with extra patrols beginning at noon in the city centre and at 10pm at the fairground.

There will also be plain clothes officers on surveillance duties to attempt to keep pickpocketing, drug peddling and sale of alcohol to minors to a minimum.

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However the Local Police officers will not be alone. Guardia Civil officers and Civil Protection volunteers will also be on hand to help out.

This year the daytime festivities will be held in the city centre, which means traffic will be affected to some extent. The access to Calle Carlos Mackintosh will be closed, meaning those wishing to get into the car park on Avenida del Mar will have to go via El Fuerte tunnel.

To avoid parking problems and drink-driving, the council has once again laid on free public buses to the fairground by La Cañada between 6pm and 3am, apart from the Wednesday when the service will begin an hour earlier to allow families with children to get to the children’s party in time for the 6pm start.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday there will also be buses back into town between 3 and 5am.

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