POLICE have now learned the identities of squatters living in a building in Las Lagunas’ Calle Clavel.
Officers from the Local Police and Guardia Civil visited the building to identify the 15 people living there, as well as to tighten security and carry out a cleaning operation.
The Mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, visited the site accompanied by the councillors for Industry and Cleaning, Andres Ruiz and Jos Carlos Martin to inspect the building.
The council has now reinforced police surveillance of the Las Flores neighbourhood and provided extra cleaning services in an attempt to solve the issue.
The issue of squatters affects many municipalities in Spain and “is a problem for councils that are limited when it comes to taking action. On several occasions this has led to areas becoming run down or unsafe,” according to Mijas Council. In Mijas, the council has already dealt with another squat in the Solaris Building which ended in the squatters being evicted.
The Local Police will continue to reinforce the Las Flores neighbourhood and “guarantee” the safety of residents while the situation is being resolved, according to the council.