By Oisin Sweeney • 29 January 2021 • 7:45
Emergency services rushed to the scene in Seville's Los Parajitos neighbourhood - Image Source: Emergencias Sevilla
AN ARSONIST who set fire to his own apartment was rescued by a mob of angry neighbours by National Police in Sevilla.
National Police officers were forced to rescue a man from a mob of angry neighbours after he set fire to his own apartment in Sevilla’s Los Parajitos area – a low-income barrio east of the city centre with a reputation for crime and addiction.
The man, who reportedly suffers from mental health problems and is known as El Loco to locals, allegedly set fire to his flat with the intention of blowing up a butane canister in his kitchen. Fortunately, emergency services were alerted to the blaze before an explosion occurred in the densely populated area.
National Police rushed to the scene to find the man being attacked by a mob of angry neighbours, who he has held long-term disputes with. Recently, he allegedly smashed the bong – a glass cannabis smoking device – of a group of locals which led to further tensions in the volatile area. Last summer, the man reportedly wandered the streets in military-style tracksuits brandishing a pair of knives and threatening to kill anyone who stood in his way.
Riot squad officers were supported by Local Police units in calming the violence on the street, with the man complaining to officers that his neighbours had beaten him. A woman was trapped in her flat by the flames in her block but was evacuated without injury by firefighters.
Los Parajitos (The Birds) suffers from a reputation as one of the Andalucian capital’s most deprived neighbourhoods, and is included in a list of poor barrios that will receive large investment from the city’s government in 2021.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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