Palma.—The Balearic government's Interior department said that the figures had emerged after a series of patrols carried out by Local Police in Pollensa, Alcudia, Santa Margalida, and Muro. The checks on street vendors, carried out simultaneously at specific times in July and August focused on itinerant salesmen and women selling fruit, sunglasses, clothes and watches or offering to give back massages to tourists on the beach.

Reports show that 37 illegal traders have been identified on beaches in north Majorcan coastal resorts so far this month compared to the 28 registered for the whole of July.

Separate simultaneous controlled checks were carried out in the same resorts but along pedestrian only areas and seafront boulevards. Here the difference between July and August proved to be not nearly as marked with Local Police reporting that there was an upturn of just 1% this month. There was some variation in activity by illegal traders in these pedestrian areas compared to those on the beach, revealed the report. Tourists were offered an on-the-spot hairdos, and compact discs along with sunglasses and watches. The North Majorcan Police Association boosts the number of its patrols - some of which are carried out in plain clothes - throughout the summer.