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Clampdown on illegal street traders in Torremolinos

Clampdown on illegal street traders in Torremolinos
  • The authorities are looking to tackle this illegal trade ahead of the expected arrival of 30,000 tourists this summer

The Local Police in Torremolinos stopped 75 illegal street vendors during the month of June, according to data released by the police headquarters in Benalmádena.

Police officers from both Torremolinos and Benalmádena were engaged in a clampdown on illegal street sellers in La Carihuela and El Saltillo last month.

Torremolinos expects to receive around 300,000 tourists this summer and plain-clothes officers will watch areas with a high population of tourists in order to stop illegal trading.

This weekend, the plain-clothes officers will monitor the Feria del Carmen in La Carihuela and the Los Alamos Beach Festival.

A total of 95 interventions were carried out during the summer of 2016 and police are expecting this number to be exceeded this year.

The street vendors are popular with tourists who bargain for imitation brand-named fashion accessories, perfumes and pirated DVDs.

Both Torremolinos and Benalmádena town halls have been under pressure from angry local shop and business owners who want the illegal street traders stopped.