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Locals demand action over “unsafe” park in Fuengirola

A recent police intervention at Bernabé Tierno park.
A recent police intervention at Bernabé Tierno park. / I. G.
  • A group of people, mostly from northern Europe, regularly meet in the park to take part in unsafe and unsanitary activities, such as drinking, drug taking and fighting

Neighbours of Fuengirola have demanded that local authorities find a solution to the current situation in Bernabé Tierno park. A group of people, mostly from northern Europe, regularly meet in the park to take part in unsafe and unsanitary activities, such as drinking, drug taking and fighting.

Jesús, a resident of the area, says that the situation is impossible to tolerate: “We cannot enjoy the park with our children without being scared.” Locals have created a Facebook page, 'Vecinos Fuengirola Ramonycajal arroyoreal', in which they share pictures and videos of the group fighting and shouting, in order to alert the authorities to the situation.

A recent police report has called the situation “problematic”, and reveals that local police officers have been called to deal with events in the park more than 400 times in the last year.

However, the police also acknowledge that they must adhere to fundamental laws about freedom of circulation. This makes it difficult to physically remove the trouble makers from the park. On Friday, the town council cleaned the park, but neighbours continue to ask for a more effective solution.