THE municipal campaign against illegal street hawkers in swanky Puerto Banus appears to have been a resounding success thus far.
Following an extensive crackdown on the ‘looky looky’ peddlers of bogus designer handbags, sunglasses, and other items, 90 per cent of local businesses have expressed their satisfaction with the council’s effort.
Police dispatched a number of officers to visit the boutiques, restaurants and other establishments and ask a series of questions, with 30 per cent describing the current presence of hawkers as “minimal” and a whopping 60 per cent reporting them to be “non-existent.”
The inquisitive bobbies also asked what they considered to be the “threat” that the malfeasant merchants pose to well-heeled visitors in the wake of their operation, and 66 per cent of respondents said that in their opinion it is “minimal.”
Shop owners also praised the discretion of the constabulary in ridding the port of what they believe was serious competition, with a squadron of plain-clothes cops having been employed.