Plasterboard police cell destroyed by arrested man
By Samantha Kett A SUSPECT held in custody at Gandia Local Police station wrecked his entire cell and caused extensive damage to adjoining ones – because the walls are only made of plasterboard.
As reported in Costa Levante News last week, the accused had led police on a high-speed chase over 60 kilometres of N-332 after jumping a checkpoint in Gandia, and was finally arrested in Llaurí, near Sueca.
He had little difficulty in destroying his cell or even ripping out the window – ripping up €6.4 million worth of works only carried out twoand-a-half years ago – given the flimsy nature of the structure.
Not even the police themselves had realised the cells were rendered in plasterboard, which public safety officer Àngels Pérez says is 'against the law'.
They are supposed to be reinforced concrete or metal structures to stop criminals trying to break out.
After tearing down one set of walls, the arrested man was moved to another cell, where he repeated the performance.
Officers barricaded him in after this, in the covered atrium, where he ripped out one of the cell windows from the outside.
He was taken to Gandia hospital for his self-inflicted injuries to be treated, then immediately transferred to the high-security jail in Picassent, near Valencia.
Sra Pérez says the cell block, as well as being insecure, never even had planning permission when the previous PP-led council built it.
Soon after it went up, more had to be spent on it to fix leaks and fit air-conditioning and heating.
The damage inflicted by the prisoner this week will cost about €20,000 to repair.