By Wendy Williams
EXPAT businessmen in Calahonda are furious after a ‘clandestine’ operation saw their signs removed in the middle of the night.
The group were left bemused after police removed signs from six foreign-owned businesses, while leaving Spanish signs untouched.
Barboru owner Brian McDonald, 45, is now demanding an explanation and calling for the signs to be returned.
“They are worth 450 euros each,” said the Dubliner, who has lived in Spain for seven years.
He insists none of the businesses have been approached about getting licences, despite having recent inspections.
The move follows a spate of similar moves across Mijas, with the authorities insisting that they do not meet with local rules.
“The signs were removed as they did not have licences,” said a local police spokesman.
Many expats believe the move is simply another way to make money from them.
“I find it hard to believe that the Spanish all have licenses,” added McDonald.