EL BORGE City Council have swooped in and laid claim to Ronda’s Bandit Museum collection.

The transfer took place after the museum was plunged into economic distress ‘due to the economic crisis situation and the lack of aid from official bodies.’

After 25 years of business and 26,000 annual visitors, the Ronda Bandit Museum is a much loved attraction in the mountaintop city.

Owner and founder Jesus Almazan asked Ronda City Council to rehouse the collection of paintings, weapons, clay figures and documents in the Santo Domingo Congress Palace to no avail.

Now Ronda’s historical jewel will be forced to move to El Borge, Axarquia, which the Mayor Raul Vallejo hopes will encourage a rise in tourism.

Towns Ecija and Alameda had also shown interest in the collection.

“As a businessman, I have to provide solutions to my problems,” said Almazan and expressed regret at Ronda City Council’s ‘vague answer’ to his plea for help.

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