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18-05-2011Alejandro Sepúlveda

A Romanian man and woman were arrested last week by the National Police following an incident on Wednesday when a knife was used to threaten two tourists.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the tourist couple were returning to their hotel when they approached by the man and woman on the pretext of asking a question. The man then pulled out a double-bladed knife, while the woman stole a mobile phone.

A security guard at a nearby hotel observed what was happening. He ran after the assailants but lost sight of them. Acting on descriptions given, a National Police patrol noticed the pair on Thursday in the calle Marbella, Playa de Palma. When officers approached them, both of them tried to run off but were caught by the officers.

The police suspect that the two are part of one of the gangs which come to resorts with the intention of committing robberies. The man was in fact arrested last year for a similar crime. When they were arrested, they had 2,000 euros on them and couldn't give a good explanation why they had this amount. The police have since established that they were responsible for various recent robberies, one of which was of 200 pounds in 20 pound notes.


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TG / Hace about 1 year

The EU obsession for free movement, without boulder checks. Individual European countries are now just states with no power to control their boarders and keep out these criminals.


Tim / Hace about 1 year

In Worcestershire crown court today 6 Romanians were sent to prison for 12 months for the same offences on elderly people with a deportation order attached they are the scum of the earth ,


Allen / Hace about 1 year

No squatter would have rights in my place, me and my mates with baseball bats would sort it out without the police getting involved. It is not racist to state the fact that Romanians and Bulgarians are over represented in crime stats both here and in other cities.


Richard / Hace about 1 year

I remember the celebrations when the Berlin Wall came down. We are in a darker place today than during the Cold War, thanks to Putin. Might as well have kept the wall up and kept the Romanians out!


Henry James / Hace about 1 year

Well done the police and security guard but if the man has been arrested for similar offences,why was he not banned from entering Majorca.? Hopefully,this time a ban will follow his and her sentences.


TC / Hace about 1 year

Always seems to be Romanians at the root of most resort crime, if he was caught before, why is he still here on the island? Deportation and needed from returning required. As for the Romanian squatters, sounds like a job for the eviction team to me


Mike ( Belgium ) / Hace about 1 year

All those articles, it's getting frightening .Yesterday we read an article in a leading Belgian newspaper that a finca belonging to a singer was now squatted by Roma gipsies as their headquarters for crime related activities and because they were already there for more then 97 days ( apparently a Mallorcan or it's difficult to remove them.... Spanish law?) it's difficult to remove them. If Mallorcan authorities do not wake up, their dream island will soon vanish Here again why arrest them and free them again ????