By Cathy Elelman • 18 July 2020 • 20:09
SUSPICIOUS: There were a series of fires of very similar characteristics in the same district of the city
CREDIT: Policia Nacional Twitter @policia
POLICE have arrested a 64-year old man on suspicion of deliberately setting fire to rubbish containers and areas of waste ground in Mallorca capital Palma in recent months.
Police investigations began in March following a proliferation of blazes in the Son Malferit district of the city. All the evidence suggested that the fires had been started on purpose.
The first was just over a week after the state of alarm came into force. A plot of land and a skip were completely burned.
It appeared to be an isolated incident, but then on May 19, 24 and 27 there were fires with very similar characteristics in the same area.
Then there were further blazes on June 7 and on July 6, 9, 10 and 11.
Evidence gathered during the course of the investigations pointed to the 64-year old as the likely culprit.
He had been arrested mid-May for burning items from the home of some family members.
A judge ordered the detainee be held in prison without bail.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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