UK police deployed to Majorca with Balearic Islands braced for 'surge'

UK police are being deployed to Majorca to battle disorder as the island braces for a surge of rowdy Brits despite anti-tourist protests. Spanish and Brit cops are set to join forces in Majorca this summer and UK cops could become a common sight across the continent over the next few months.

It comes amid major protests aimed towards British visitors in the Spanish island this summer. The National Police have brought forward the security plan for Palma by a month and this Tuesday more police officers are due to arrive from Valencia.

The aim is to "reinforce different police stations in the Balearics due to the early arrival of tourists," along "with officers from overseas such as the UK", the Majorca Daily Bulletin reported. The head of the citizen security brigade, Fernando Corchero, saidthere has been no increase in the number of thefts reported in the city compared to the same period in 2023.

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But this “does not mean that there have not been more thefts. What we do know is that they do not report more for fear of reprisals”. The extra police’ s main plan of action is in to ensure security in shopping areas of the islands with the start of the high tourist season, the small traders’ association Pimem reported.

British police are expected to be deployed to Calvia, and other police such as the Italian or French will be deployed in municipalities where there is a greater presence of tourists of these nationalities, the news publication in the Balearic Islands has reported.

In the case of Playa de Palma, the National Police has stated that this summer there is more security than last year due to the greater influx of tourists. The police's main focus will be on the central areas of Sindicat, Oms, Jaume II, Sant Miquel and Colom streets.