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Magaluf Britons 'go mental and go home' with police 'very lenient' over antics

Published 14/08/2015

The Punta Ballena, the main club strip in Magaluf, is often the scene of antics by British revellers
The Punta Ballena, the main club strip in Magaluf, is often the scene of antics by British revellers

As two British police officers sent to Majorca to help deal with rowdy Britons on the party island prepare to clock off from duty, young holidaymakers have declared Magaluf is the place for people to "go mental and go home".

Bar worker Sean McCarthy, 18, said: "It is Magaluf, Shagaluf - people come here for the sex games.

"They have clamped down on that, but it is still a fantastic place to come and have a good time - everyone still loves it."

Two officers, sergeant Brett Williams and constable Martina Anderson from West Midlands Police, have been in the resort since Monday helping their Spanish counterparts deal with British tourists and reassuring holidaymakers.

While the police have worked in the day - to much criticism - youngsters have lit up Magaluf's hedonistic Punta Ballena strip at night.

But as young Britons - along with Italian, German, French, Spanish and Dutch tourists - enjoyed another night on the tiles, workers and holidaymakers in the resort defended its image and said there was little trouble.

They argued that Magaluf does not deserve its notorious reputation - with most declaring that it is no worse than a night out in the UK and is reforming its ways.

Between May and July this year there were just three arrests for prostitution, hawking, drug dealing and robbery compared to 23 last year, according to the Magaluf Hotel Association, figures it said are ratified by the Guardia Civil police.

New measures to crack down on anti-social behaviour have also limited bar crawls and banned street drinking after 10pm.

Despite an estimated fall of 50,000 youngsters visiting against last year, Magaluf is still a Mecca for those who want a wild night out.

Dan Pearson, 19, from Surrey, thought having British police was a good thing, saying the officer they met "has got ethics, whereas the Spanish have got no morals".

But he said: "They should apply some of the rules to England, be a bit more lenient.

"Everyone comes out here to get mashed and just do what they want, otherwise we'd stay in England and get mashed.

"But because here they don't care, that's why we come here."

He also said he had seen people "peeing everywhere" and had heard about others "crapping on the street", but said the police do not really care.

"The police are very lenient," he said.

"If you're having a pee they don't care."

His friend Charlie Endean, also 19 and from Surrey, added that tourists are flouting rules brought in to combat anti-social behaviour, but that the police did little about it.

He said: "They are quite moody, the police out here - they do get a bit funny.

"They don't care about drinking in the streets. You don't even have to hide it, you can walk past with a drink and they don't care at all."

But as young Britons - along with Italian, German, French, Spanish and Dutch tourists - enjoyed another night on the tiles, workers and holidaymakers in the resort defended its image and said there was little trouble.

But workers on the strip are adamant Magaluf is reforming its image, and scenes last night suggested they might be right.

The hordes of youngsters outside bars, takeaways and tattoo parlours appeared largely well-behaved.

While a handful were drinking in the street and one or two were spotted urinating in the open and vomiting in the street, the vast majority seemed relatively sober as they wandered around and chatted in groups.

Mr McCarthy, from Hammersmith, west London, who lived in Majorca for four years as a child, said: "I think Magaluf is a brilliant place for a release. It is a little escape from the reality back home.

"Before I came out here I was told it was absolutely filthy. But all the people who work here are lovely. We are like a family, we look after each other."

Mr McCarthy spent 10 days in Magaluf last month before returning two days later to work as a rep and said he did not see a single fight during his holiday. And he liked the idea of having British police in the resort.

"I'm a London boy, I love the British coppers," he said. "I think it is a good thing, personally - just not too many.

"If you have British police out here with British people nothing gets lost in translation.

"British police are a lot more lenient, very happy to stop things without violence. The British police are always very nice."

Other workers were also quick to defend Magaluf as little different from the UK.

After stopping a reveller from urinating at a street corner, bar worker Charlie, 19, from Essex, said: "I live just outside London and I see a lot more trouble there than here.

"There are always police about and most of the time there's no trouble - I've seen more fights in a little village in Cambridge.

"It's like Norwich here, with all the bars and kebab shops in one street. Everyone is just having fun. People will get drunk anywhere, in England. It is your choice, no one is forcing you to get drunk."

He added: "What they should really worry about is prostitutes, people posing as prostitutes but are muggers.

"They take a drunk person down an alley and rob them blind - you see them targeting people."

Charlie's view was echoed by a strip club manager who said: "I have worked here for 10 years, I have worked in London, Kavos and Tenerife and there is more trouble in those places than goes on here."

Native Majorcans also defended the "Brits abroad" image.

One, who has worked on the island for 12 years and whose family owns the Stereo bar on Punta Ballena, said of the British behaviour: "I am Spanish - this is nothing. If it was Spanish people out here it would be a lot worse, a stabbing every night.

"They are here on holiday and you always get some people looking for trouble more than others, but in general they are well-behaved."

Another bar worker, Ayden, said the wild sex games are a thing of the past.

And he welcomed the British officers coming to the resort, saying: "If I was on my lads holiday and steaming, I would rather got to a British cop rather than a Spanish one as I'd be nervous as hell."

Despite being criticised for only walking their beat in the day and being branded "bobbies on the beach" after they were spotted enjoying a dip in the sea, the two officers attracted much attention, with tourists stopping them for selfies.

But the revellers were equally pleased to pose with fake officers, when a German journalist dressed up as a British bobby was mobbed by tourists on a night out, despite wearing jeans.

Among those who supported the officers were Derek and Raymond, two Britons working in Germany and holidaying in Magaluf.

Raymond, 25, from Bedfordshire, said: "There are a lot of British people here and British coppers know how to deal with British people. I think it's a good idea."

Derek, from Bristol, added: "It is a good idea - a lot of people here speak English.

"We saw a guy unconscious earlier and we thought just leave him be. But the Spanish police were tapping him and getting him to move on."

He added: "I haven't seen a single fight. Everyone is loving life, whereas in the UK, anywhere in Europe, there are lots of fights."

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