Palma's local police force is said to be going to apply zero tolerance towards failure to comply with bylaws in Playa de Palma this summer. If so, the force looks as if it will have its work cut out.
At the weekend forty officers from various police units took part in a series of inspections at fifteen establishments in the calle Joaquim Verdaguer and parallel streets, an area in the Playa de Palma part of Arenal which corresponds to most complaints from residents. These inspections started at half past midnight and of the fifteen, thirteen were found to be breaking bylaws.
In the coming days (or nights) the police are planning on undertaking further inspections, paying particular attention to the so-called "calle del Jamón" and "calle de la Cerveza" (calle Miquel Pellisa) and to nightclubs and sex clubs. The police say that all establishments, without exception, will be inspected in Playa de Palma.
During the weekend's operation there were eight charges for street drinking, one for noise, two for failure to meet cleaning ordinance, five for illegal selling, ten for drugs, six for administrative matters and two of a criminal nature. One of the establishments is being penalised because its owner, rather than controlling the clientele, whipped them up when the police appeared.
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