MADRID is cracking down on the poor in its city centre – by fining them.

The council will be handing out fines of up to €750 for activities including begging, reading tarot cards and performing acrobatics with a bike.

The clampdown will also apply to protestors setting up long-term camps in Puerta del Sol, making it much more difficult to repeat the 15-M protests which took place there in 2011.

Last year the council added a levy to choosing plastic at the till and gambling, as well as fining anyone who rode a skateboard, let off fireworks, drank or offered massages in the city centre.