British police help out Spanish resort patrols

Officers will be in full British uniform and begin patrols today
British police officers have flown to two Spanish resorts to help the local force deal with Brits on holiday who become involved in crime.
Two officers from the West Midlands force will patrol alongside the Guardia Civil in Magaluf on the island of Mallorca and San Antonia on Ibiza, to assist in investigations where British holidaymakers are either offenders or victims.
Both resorts attract many young British holidaymakers and in 2011-2012 around 500 Brits were arrested on Mallorca and Ibiza combined. Most were arrested for drunken behaviour such as fighting or criminal damage, as well as drug-related crime.
The officers will be in full British uniform and begin patrols today, spending the first week in Magaluf before heading to San Antonio for another week in a trial operation.
“The presence of UK police officers will help to remind British holidaymakers of the importance of respecting local laws and customs, ensuring that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, free from trouble and crime,” Simon Manley, British ambassador to Spain, said.
The Mallorca authorities have tried to change the image of the resort of Magaluf by introducing restrictions on pub crawls and drinking in the streets.
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