By Sally Underwood • 17 February 2021 • 12:30
Traveller Raid: Almuñecar has commented after police broke up a traveller camp. Image: Ayuntamiento de Almuñecar
The council said they have now installed a barrier to prevent campervans from parking at the Almuñecar beach after being forced to break up an illegal camping site.
Security Councillor Francisco Robles Rivas said: “The initiative began last week with the order to evict the vehicles and people camped there, involving several patrols from both the Guardia Civil and the Police participated. After identifying those staying there, a cleaning company was notified to proceed to clear the camping area, as well as to deposit stones that prevented access.”
He added that members of the Local Police and Guardia Civil had been forced to step in to evict more campers, “because they had proceeded to remove the stones, so we have opted, with the permission of the council department, to install wooden bollards with chains that prevents vehicles from entering the beach.”
Earlier this month eight police vehicles arrived on Playa Barranco de Enmedio at around 11am, breaking up a large traveller camp there.
Officers reportedly began asking owners of the roughly 30 campervans and other vehicles there to step outside, before sniffer dogs were used to search both the people and the vehicles for drugs.
There were said to be large numbers of adults, children and dogs living at the site, with one woman reportedly living with five dogs in her vehicle.
According to one publication, those living at the camp were not observing any curfews and were not using masks despite the current Covid restrictions in place in municipalities across Spain. Residents there were reportedly from the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain.
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