ALMOST the entire police force of an Andalucian town have gone on sick leave in a dispute over pay.

Fourteen officers from Valverde del Camino in Huelva staged a sit-in protest at the town hall, after not receiving their salaries for four months.

The bobbies denied they were on strike – which is illegal for police – instead producing sick notes from doctors claiming they were psychologically unfit for work.

The town of 13,000 residents has run up an eye-watering 55 million euros in debt, the most in the country per capita.


  1. This is going on all over Spain, entire towns are either bankrupt or on the verge of being so. What really concerns me is that when things start getting tough for locals anywhere in the world they start turning on outsiders and blaming them for their ills.

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