TWO men arrested following the fight that broke out between illegal beach sellers and police have been sent to prison. A third person that has been sought since the brawl was found and arrested after being identified at the doors leading to the court on the day of the hearing. He was immediately detained for being part of the assault on police officers.
The two men – a father and son – were sent down without any bail for the illegal selling of alcohol which led to the major confrontation. The son had been in hospital since the incident and was discharged at the weekend and handed straight over to the authorities.
The incident began when police reinforcements were called to the scene in the popular tourist area of Rincón de Loix after an altercation between other members of the police and a group of illegal street sellers got out of hand.
The men were on the beach selling alcohol and other drinks to sunbathers when the police on patrol intervened. As they began to question the handful of vendors, others arrived to join them – a total of 20 were counted according to witnesses – and then a fight broke out.
Police called for help and six more local police arrived and needed to use the electronic weapons to restrain the attackers. Five police were left hurt with mainly cuts and bruises although one of them suffered a serious knee injury and remains in hospital.
The councillor responsible for security in Benidorm, Lorenzo Martínez, confirmed that the local police in the municipality are maintaining “constant pressure” on the illegal activities of those that are selling alcohol on the beaches.
Since the brawl, the absence of the illegal sellers has been noticed on the busy beaches.