22 Sep, 2019 @ 18:05
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Olive Press journalist attacked by squatter at urbanisation home to British residents in Alicante

AN Olive Press journalist has been attacked after exposing a ‘violent’ squatter family allegedly squatting and stealing electricity from a Costa Blanca complex.

Simon Wade was chased down the street and headbutted as a young man tore off his glasses and tried robbing his camera in broad daylight in Formentera del Segura, near Torrevieja, last Saturday.

The dedicated journalist was photographing alleged squats when the man flung open the door with his chest exposed and a tattoo reading, ‘I die for my family’.

ATTACK: The man allegedly assaulted Olive Press journalist Simon Wade in Formentera del Segura

“My specs can be replaced, and the bruising will fade, but decent people here are living with this 24/7,” Wade said.

A denuncia was made to the Guardia Civil, who called the perpetrator a ‘wild beast’ and a ‘gypsy’ with a string of convictions.

It comes as British resident, Ena Cummings, 53, contacted us claiming squatters had thrown ‘dead rats’ into the Virgen del Rosario complex’s pool and repeatedly set terraces on fire.

“They’re stealing electricity and water, meaning us residents are paying for the squatters’ utilities,” Cummings told the Olive Press.

“They have no sense of dignity, neighbours young and old have had genitalia flashed at them by squatters.”

SQUATTERS: Legitimate residents at the Virgen del Rosario urbanisation have reportedly been ‘flashed’ and had electricity siphoned off by ‘illegal’ squatters

Residents have held a community meeting, and are stuck between an expensive legal battle and bringing in ‘security’ to kick squatters out of the eight apartments, from a total of 68.

It comes after this newspaper has tirelessly reported on the ‘hellish’ Mirador Monte Pedrera complex with 24 of 64 apartments illegally occupied by ‘abusive’ gypsies and squatters in Denia.

Brit residents Linda Brown and Arnene Ashley have been ‘in and out’ of court suffering assaults, death threats and most recently winning an eviction order for the illegal squatters last month.

READ MORE: FINALLY! Costa Blanca court orders eviction for ‘gypsies and squatters’ in apartment block where expat pensioners and Spanish have been assaulted during FIVE…

But the situation in Spain is far from resolved, according to a Guardia Civil source.

The agent last week blamed ‘greedy developers’ for constructing too many luxury apartment complexes at prices ordinary Spaniards ‘can’t afford’.

‘GREEDY DEVELOPERS’: A Guardia Civil source blamed developers for the squatting crisis in Spain

“The developer can’t sell their apartments, the bank repossesses the complex, and the gypsies break in,” the source told the Olive Press.

“The owner of the property is the only one who can denounce the squatters – but banks don’t want to as court cases cost thousands.

“If they do get an eviction order, the gypsies just break into another complex owned by the bank.

“Either that, or the gypsies have a legal right to request the apartment be offered as social housing.

“This means the bank will be forced to rent the flat out at between 75 to 150 euros.

ABUSE: CCTV showing an alleged assault by squatters at the Virgen del Rosario complex

“So the bank does nothing.

“The developers are tricking foreign buyers through their greed for more money.

“Meanwhile the gypsies in Spain live in better apartments than the police officers.”

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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