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Mayor cracks down on Magaluf pub crawls by British and Irish tourists

Police are investigating a recent incident involving an 18-year-old woman from Northern Ireland.

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THE MAYOR OF Calvià, the Mallorca region which covers the popular resort of Magaluf, has passed a new law giving authorities tighter control over controversial tourist pub crawls.

The move comes after a recent incident in which an 18-year-old woman from Northern Ireland was filmed performing sex acts on a group of men during a bar crawl organised by the company Carnage Magaluf.

Announcing the clamp-down yesterday, Calvià mayor Manuel Onieva took the opportunity to express his “total rejection and anger at the activities which were carried out in a video which is currently on the social media circuit.”

Onieva also confirmed that a police investigation into the incident is under way.

In a statement yesterday, he laid out the terms of the new restrictions:

Each pub crawl guide will have to wear a specific jacket so local police can monitor those operating in the region and identify those that have been approved.Pub crawl groups can now not exceed more than 50 people and if any operators exceed this legal capacity, they will be fined.

The law is set to come into effect later this month.

Despite attracting hundreds of thousands of British and Irish tourists each year, the image of the Calvia region has been hit in recent years by Magaluf’s reputation for binge-drinking and public disorder.

The region’s tourism board has even taken on the services of London-based PR company KBC, since 2012, in order to clean up its image in the UK.

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