A CRIMEWAVE is turning Torrox into the Beirut of southern Spain, local expats believe.
Local residents are demanding action following a string of burglaries and arson attacks in the town.
They claim that almost every home has been burgled in the last two years, while seven cars were set alight just last week. Local resident Margaret Riordan, 55, who has lived in Torrox for 11 years said: “There’s not enough police presence here.”
The worst incident saw a stolen car torched, with the flames spreading to six other vehicles. The attacks are allegedly down to a crime feud, with five cars later having tyres slashed in Nerja.
At Christmas, a number of expats’ homes were raided while they were asleep. An expat neighbours association has taken a petition of 200 signatures to the mayor and local police.
“They said they would review our ideas and get back to us in a week. I look forward to it,” said president Ernest Hole.