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Council says Marbella is missing almost a third of the National Police it should have

Council says Marbella is missing almost a third of the National Police it should have
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  • "Any tourist town can't have the same holiday shifts for police as other places in inland Spain," said town hall spokesperson Félix Romero

A deadly fire in a hotel, a gunpoint kidnap, closure of clubs and beach bars; these are just some of the events Marbella has had to deal with this summer.

The local council's spokesperson, Félix Romero, has called for more crime-fighting resources for the National Police based in the resort, "because with a larger allocation [of officers], events like these would be easier to avoid".

Romero said that there is a 30 per cent local shortfall in the 400 officers of the National Police, which is controlled by central government.

"I understand that the Ministry has other priorities or other needs," he said, adding that, "a town like Marbella, or any touristic place, can't have the same holiday shifts for National Police officers as other places in inland Spain that don't have tourism".