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Around 100 fines issued to Torrox 'beach hoggers' last weekend as council gets tough

A police vehicle loaded with confiscated belongings.
A police vehicle loaded with confiscated belongings. / SUR
  • The authorities have stepped up the control of this "irresponsible" beach activity in light of the new measures required to control the spread of coronavirus

Torrox town hall said that it has intensified its annual control of beachgoers reserving space by leaving belongings such as chairs and umbrellas.

Torrox's 'beach hoggers' first hit the Spanish and international headlines in 2015 when the town hall introduced fines for people who left belongings on the beach early in the morning to secure the best places with a view to returning to the spot later in the day.

Higher fines may be given to those people who are not respectful to agents when their belongings are confiscated.

Last weekend, despite the coronavirus crisis, Local Police and Civil Protection officers issued around 100 fines to so-called beach hoggers, mainly on Torrox's Ferrara and El Morche beaches.

Only one higher fine was issued to an individual who became aggressive towards an officer.

A statement released by Torrox town hall last week stated that items may be left if the owners are either taking a walk, swimming in the sea or eating or drinking at a nearby restaurant of a beach bar. It added, "We need to be responsible now more than ever," in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vélez-Málaga town hall has said similar controls are being carried out along its beaches.