Palma.—Local Police reported yesterday that between May and October, illegal street trading had soared in comparison with 2011 and 2010 when 1'808 and 1'498 cases were registered respectively.

The figures were officially revealed yesterday by the Mayor of Palma, Mateo Isern who was summing up activities by Local Police and other security forces this summer along the Playa de Palma.

Isern said that his ruling Partido Popular (PP) team on Palma City Council had given strong backing to safety in the resort and that he will continue with the policy given the fine results achieved in the fight against crime and illegal street trading.

The Mayor said that the arrest of gangs of card sharps and pickpockets has enabled local magistrates to place restraining orders and keep the criminals away from the beaches and seafront areas frequented by tourists.

The success of Local Police, National Police and Guardia Civil in disbanding organised gangs has resulted in restricting activities of tourism related crime, said Isern (pictured centre) who was accompanied yesterday by Citizen Safety Councillor Guillermo Navarro, and the Chief of Local Police, Antoni Vera (right) . Isern said that police had intervened on 446 occasions to stop card-sharps taking advantage of unsuspecting tourists, whilst there were 728 registered cases in 2011 and 448 in 2010.

The Mayor said that there had however been an increase in breach of the law where people were found to be in possession of items which could be considered as arms.

There have also been more cases of people consuming narcotics out in the street in the Playa de Palma.