Palma.—Twelve people were arrested yesterday morning by National Police in Palma for the illegal occupation of a property at No. 30 Calle Eusebi Estada.

The occupants - Poles, Bulgarians, Albanians, Moldavians and Greeks - had set up home on the ground floor and in three apartments. As the immigrants neither owned nor were paying rent for their stay, the owners had lodged a legal complaint and an eviction was ordered by a Palma court. The operation was carried out early morning by an investigation team from the Balearic police headquarters assisted by armed officers. Also on site was a special assistance group from Palma City Council who took charge of a dog and a cat which had been living with the immigrants on the premises.

When the police entered the property to carry out the eviction, none of the immigrants offered any resistance. As well as being charged with illegal occupation of a property, investigations are also under way to discover whether any of the immigrants are on Majorca without authorisation. If they are found to be here illegally, action will be taken to return them to their country of origin. The owners have been asked to seal off the property.

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