The ban on skateboarding in Torremolinos could prove to be a double-edged sword for the town.

While many may find it a nuisance, the problems are generally caused by a small minority who have put the well-meaning majority at risk of excessively high fines.

If a skater causes an injury to an innocent passerby, they should naturally be held accountable for their actions.

But rather than punishing the majority for the actions of a small group of trouble makers, Torremolinos Town Hall should continue to focus on providing dedicated spaces for youngsters to enjoy activities, as they have done to their credit with the Villa Deportiva skate park.

Perhaps that will go some way towards keeping everybody happy.