Cop boss accused of illegal detention by officers in Torrevieja

TWO local police officers in Torrevieja have accused a superior of illegally detaining five women. The officers refused to obey the order to five women arrested at the Friday market to police headquarters.

Although they were believed to be regular pickpockets in the area, there was no proof that they had carried out any crime and they all had their ID’s on them.

Officers claimed that if there was any doubt then the women could be frisked at the Health Centre, but the superior insisted they be arrested and taken to the station.

Torrevieja’s Friday market is one of the biggest in Spain. The Town Hall earns some €1.3 million annually from the rates paid by stall holders. Thousands of people come to the market, which causes traffic and safety problems.

Much of the local police’s resources are taken up, including the night before moving cars to make way for the market.

Due to the large volume of people the practice of arresting anybody believed to be a pickpocket, even if they were not caught in the act, is common, Spanish newspaper Informacion reported.

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