12 Apr, 2024 @ 09:23
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Mafia crackdown in Marbella: Police call in more men, dogs and drones to tackle the scourge of organised crime on the Costa del Sol this summer – following a wave of daylight shootings

POLICE in Marbella are ramping up reinforcements to tackle the scourge of organised crime this summer, it has been announced.

The Policia Nacional force this week launched its Marbella Plan, which vows to increase numbers across the city’s units.

This includes bringing in more sniffer dogs and increasing the ‘Medios Aereos’ (Air Resources) squad, which is made up of mostly helicopters and drones.

It follows a wave of shootings over the past couple of months, most of them in broad daylight.

READ MORE: Briton and Irishman are arrested over recent shooting in Puerto Banus

Policia Nacional hold a meeting about their new Marbella Plan

In a bid to decrease such incidents, police will ramp up spot checks on cars between now and October.

They will be setting up a lot more random checkpoints and in many different locations to guarantee the ‘surprise factor’, a spokesperson said.

There will also be many more officers patrolling the streets, acting as a visible deterrent to would be petty thieves.

The movements “of those who make up such networks will also be detected and prevented, seizing effects such as weapons and narcotic substances, or controlling areas considered most sensitive such as leisure areas and residential developments,” said the Provincial Police Station.

“The Marbella Plan will mean, from now until October, a greater uniformed police presence on public roads in the city,” he added.

In March, a man in his 20s was shot in the arm and leg while at a shisha club in the Marbella resort of Puerto Banus.

Just one week prior, two people were shot at in broad daylight near the Puerto Banus bullring.

And in February, a Swedish man was found wounded in the arm and thigh after yet another shooting near Banus.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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