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If you cause trouble in Magaluf or Ibiza, you might get nicked by British police

British bobbies are about to start patrolling the Spanish resorts.

Image: Facebook/Magaluf2015

IN A TWO-WEEK trial aimed at dealing with unruly holidaymakers, UK police will join Spanish forces patrolling the Balearic resorts of Magaluf and San Antonio.

Magaluf attracts hundreds of thousands of British and Irish tourists each year on package holidays, lured by the promise of easy sex and plentiful alcohol, while Ibiza’s San Antonio also has its own reputation for hedonism.

Two police officers from Britain’s West Midlands force will work alongside Spanish colleagues to help with investigations involving Britons as victims, witnesses or offenders, according to the force and Spain’s Guardia Civil.

An estimated 85% of visitors to Magaluf come from Britain and Ireland.

Last year, a video of an Irish tourist performing a sex act on more than 20 men in a bar in Magaluf went viral.

Local authorities subsequently introduced new rules regulating pub crawls and have also banned “balconing” — jumping from one apartment balcony to another or into a swimming pool — after several deaths in recent years.

“This trial reflects the close cooperation between our two countries on policing and security matters,” said Britain’s ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley.

“The presence of UK police officers will help to remind British holidaymakers of the importance of respecting local laws and customs, ensuring that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, free from trouble and crime.”

Spain already carries out international patrols in tourist areas in cooperation with police from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Morocco, according to the Guardia Civil.

© AFP – 2015

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