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Magaluf armed cops crack down on ‘disgraceful’ boozing & fights after Brits return to try shake of ‘party resort’ image


MAGALUF cops have been ordered to crackdown on “disgraceful” behaviour such as heavy boozing and fights as the Brits returned to the party island for the first time.

Tourist bosses are said to be trying to shake off the town’s infamous party resort image post Covid – not wanting to return to wild scenes of rock bottom drinks deals and packed party boats.

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Police were out in force to keep in the peace in Magaluf as England fans hit the town

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Police were out in force to keep in the peace in Magaluf as England fans hit the townCredit: LNP
Magaluf chiefs have said they don't want to return to the 'tourism of excess' as Brits returned to the resort town

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Magaluf chiefs have said they don’t want to return to the ‘tourism of excess’ as Brits returned to the resort townCredit: LNP
Armed police units have been brought in from Madrid as part of the crackdown

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Armed police units have been brought in from Madrid as part of the crackdownCredit: Solarpix

With the Balearic Islands now the UK’s green list, Majorca chiefs want to ditch what they dubbed the “tourism of excess” which had come to define Magaluf.

Pictures from last night show police on patrol as Brits celebrated England’s stunning 4-0 win over Ukraine as they cruised into the semi final of Euro 2020.

And snaps captured over the weekend show cops – some of them armed – out in force as they patrolled traditional night spots to clamp down on bad behaviour.

The hotspot areas of Magaluf, including the famous Punta Ballena strip, were closed down last year after the authorities said they were fed up with its tarnished reputation and the dangers involved with Covid.

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Specialist armed police units have been brought in from Madrid to try and keep the peace as the first Brits came back.

Cars were searched for drugs and for alcohol to prevent any plans for street bottle parties – which are popular in Spain.

Island newspaper Ultimahora.es reported the returning tourists are no longer exclusively British – with French, Italian and Spanish holidaymakers also coming to Maga.

One British student, a man dressed as a woman for a stag night, told them: “It has been a year to forget, we deserve a little party.”

Some nightlife venues are still closed and there are still restrictions in pubs and restaurants, with a 2am closing time.

Taking glasses out to drink in the street is banned under the new behaviour rules and beaches have to be cleared at midnight.

The strip used to stay open until 5am which created scenes of early morning drunks and fights.

Police speak to tourists as they emerge from bars

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Police speak to tourists as they emerge from barsCredit: Solarpix
Police stand by as tourists gather in the streets of Magaluf

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Police stand by as tourists gather in the streets of MagalufCredit: Solarpix
England fans celebrate as the Three Lions cruised to a win over Ukraine

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England fans celebrate as the Three Lions cruised to a win over UkraineCredit: LNP
Brits could have a very different experience when they return to Magaluf

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Brits could have a very different experience when they return to MagalufCredit: LNP

Police are calculating the first big weekend saw around 2,500 tourists at the busiest time, compared with the 12,000 when Magaluf was at its height.

A spokesman told the Spanish press that it was “a relatively quiet night.”

Radio Calvia FM said on its site: “The first British tourists have already begun to arrive in Calvia destinations such as Santa Ponça, Palmanova and Magaluf.”

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Calvia council says it is no longer prepared to accept “tourism of excesses” and Magaluf has to change its image.

The new ‘Magaluf Waterfront’ association says the resort should be seen as a “privileged environment”.

It wants the resot to be known as place where people can enjoy a good day out on the beach and excellent cuisine. 

Calvia has also become the first place in Mallorca to process its own fines for anti-social behaviour or coronavirus breaches instead of the Balearic government.

This, say officials, will speed up the process so that people will have to pay up quicker and “act as a deterrent” to others.

The first flights this week brought Brits back to the island's sunny beaches

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The first flights this week brought Brits back to the island’s sunny beachesCredit: Solarpix

“Co-ordination between the Civil Guard and the Local Police of Calvià is essential, both on land and on the coast to avoid party boats,” said a spokesperson.

“Calvia council is working on this line and has requested special collaboration from the Maritime Service of the Civil Guard and the General Directorate of Emergencies of the Government of the Balearic Islands.”

And the mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal stressed: “Our police and the Civil Guard will be prepared and coordinated so that Calvià continues to be a safe tourist destination.

“Here we will be vigilant with the fulfillment of the norm against the tourism of excesses ”. 

Government delegate, Aina Calvo added: “It is vitally important to coordinate all the staff to ensure that the recovery of tourism activity – and therefore of the economy – takes place safely.

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“We need to recognise the great joint work of the Civil Guard, the Local Police and the inspection staff to fulfil this objective “. 

A busy night in Magaluf from before Covid - but Brit holidaymakers won't be enjoying similar antics anytime soon, say tourism bosses

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A busy night in Magaluf from before Covid – but Brit holidaymakers won’t be enjoying similar antics anytime soon, say tourism bossesCredit: Alamy
BCM Square is usually packed with Brits - as pictured pre-Covid - but a much more sober holiday will be on offer in future

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BCM Square is usually packed with Brits – as pictured pre-Covid – but a much more sober holiday will be on offer in futureCredit: Alamy

Javier Pascuet, director general of tourism for Calvia, previously told The Sun Online that the pandemic restrictions are helping them enforce changes to the image of the party town.

Mr Pascuet told The Sun Online: “The normal Covid regulations will be in place for tourists visiting so in bars there will be a limit to the number of people allowed in. 

“There will be no party boats, pub crawls or happy hours. 

“That means all you can drink, offers like two-for-one drinks, there will be none of that. There will be areas of Magaluf you can’t drink so there will be quiet, family areas.” 

He added: “It is okay to come here to party and have a good time but we don’t want the excesses, the hospital bills, it’s about a balance.” 

The usual army of Brit promoters working in Magaluf will also be forced to apply for a residency permit to work there for the summer. 

However,

Spain and Majorca will need an influx of tourists this summer, particularly from the UK to rescue the economy.

Brit tourists visiting Spain fell by 82 per cent last year due to the pandemic, with the Balearic Islands the hardest hit.

Bladdered sunburnt Brits hit Magaluf’s Punta Ballena strip hours before it’s shut down for summer over bad behavior





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