Spain holiday warning as popular resort announces tourist crackdown with new ‘secret police’ force | The Sun
A POPULAR Spanish resort is taking tough measures to crackdown on troublesome tourists with a new "secret police" force.
Plainclothes officers will patrol the strips in Magaluf as officials try to tackle the spike in nighttime crime and reinforce security.
The taser-touting cops are set to be drafted in to curb booze-fuelled behaviour and the number of serious incidents on the party island.
Deputy Mayor of Calvia Esperanza Català, who oversees the police, plans to deploy the undercover officers later this summer.
The clandestine force will take to the streets of Magaluf and the nearby town of Santa Ponsa to deter drunken holidaymakers.
Locals in the resorts have lodged a series of complaints calling for an increased police presence in recent months.
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A motion for a plainclothes unit had previously been put to the government but it was voted against, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
However, officials still have to navigate the reams of red tape that comes with rolling out a secret police force.
The Spanish government's delegation in the Balearics will have to give the go-ahead for the scheme.
Mr Català said this may delay the introduction of the undercover police unit until late August.
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He explained the officers will be equipped with tasers for their crime-fighting missions, news which many cops have welcomed.
Officers are said to believe being armed with the non-lethal weapons will make their operations more effective.
Calvia council previously said it was no longer prepared to accept "tourism of excesses" and called for party hotspots to rebrand their image.
It comes as a series of harsh rules for holidaymakers jetting to Spain have been brought in.
Tourists were warned they could have to fork out £70 to enter the country when staying with friends or family if they don't have an official letter of invitation.
The new rule applies to Brits and other non-EU citizens who will need to demonstrate they have a place to stay during their visit to the country.
As well as this, travellers have been warned not to strip off when they get behind the wheel as they risk being slapped with a £170 fine.
Driving topless or in "inappropriate" clothing could land you in trouble with the law this summer.
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And tourists were urged to cover up as soon as they leave the beach as they could be handed a £250 penalty.
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