Coronavirus: Lockdown Lunatic goes stir crazy after living in his car for 44 days in Spain’s Ibiza

AFTER 44 days confined to his motor on a car park in Spain’s Ibiza, Manuel Escobar says: “This is much worse than prison, here you can go crazy.”

Manuel, 54, from Granada, moved to Ibiza looking for work in December last year and without money to rent an apartment, he was forced to live in his car. Speaking to locals, he found a construction site that other “travellers” were using as a base and settled there.

As time dragged on he could not find any work, he is a painter and decorator, he decided he had to go back to Spain. Manuel was out looking for work in Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, when the story broke about the coronavirus that was sweeping across the world, little did he know how he was going to end up…

Manual: “It’s absolutely crazy here,” he said. “Fights break out over nothing, neighbours shout abuse at us and the police turn up for no reason and hassle us.”

“I’m going stir crazy, the other day I just released my handbrake and smashed into a few others cars for no reason other than I was beyond bored.

“We are all scared of getting ill, we don’t want to go to the hospital in case we get the virus, I need a way out, I just want to go home now!

“Everybody from all walks of life are here, murderers, rapists, drug dealers just out of prison, I can’t sleep properly because I fear that they might try to rob me as soon as I shut my eyes.”

There are now over 200 people living on the site, the lockdown continues and food and patience is running low, how will they all survive?

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Tony Winterburn

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