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Police report 'spike' in illegal Costa del Sol parties for Valentine's Day and the end of exams

National Police. File photograph.
National Police. File photograph. / FERNANDO TORRES
  • The National Police force calls for the Covid-19 prevention measures to be respected after incidents in Malaga, Marbella, Estepona and Vélez-Málaga

The National Police in Malaga province have reported a 'spike' in illegal parties where anti-Covid measures were not respected after Valentine's Day coincided with the end of the first term university exams last weekend.

The National Police this Tuesday (16 February) warned of the dangers after numerous incidents were reported.

One of the largest incidents they were called to took place during the early hours of Saturday morning - at 5am and in full curfew - at a university residence in Teatinos, Malaga. National Police officers in collaboration with the Local Police reported seven young people who were having an illegal 'botellón' drinking party to celebrate the end of exams.

The participants face fines for failure to comply with coronavirus preventive measures, while one of them was arrested on resistance and disobedience charges. The National Police said that the 19-year-old boy refused to identify himself, harangued his friends to oppose the police actions and even pushed one of them.

Also in Malaga, officers broke up a party in the surroundings of the Gibralfaro on Sunday where a large group of young people had gathered without masks or respecting social distancing regulations. Ten of them were reported.

Hotel room party

In Marbella, a police patrol broke up a party in a hotel room on Saturday night. A dozen people, not belonging to the same family household, had met to celebrate an event for which they were reported.

Officers from Estepona and Vélez-Málaga were also deployed to break up other illegal parties in the province.

As a result of this "spike" in incidents, the Malaga force launched a "call for responsibility" of the public in the fight against the pandemic, "and calls, once again, on the obligation to comply with the rules."