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Po­lice's sum­mer crack­down on pea men sees 22 charged

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Irena Bodnarec ibodnarec@cb­news.es

THROUGH­OUT The month, lo­cal po­lice in Benidorm have made a con­certed ef­fort to crack down on the ‘pea men’ plagu­ing the re­sort and re­ported that they ‘in­ter­vened’ on 33 oc­ca­sions, con­fis­cat­ing €1,210 from 17 of the scam­mers.

Of these 22 were charged with ‘Acts of Dis­obe­di­ence’ re­sult­ing in crim­i­nal records and their cases have been trans­ferred to the court for sen­tenc­ing. Coun­cilor for se­cu­rity, Lorenzo Martinez was ev­i­dently proud of this ac­com­plish­ment, ex­plain­ing that they are crack­ing down on the pea men in much the same way as they have been on the il­le­gal cock­tail sell­ers on the beaches, of which some were taken to court.

How­ever, the pun­ish­ment handed down by the court – a fine of €4 per day over four months, which equates to the grand sum of €480 is laugh­able and hardly a de­ter­rent, evi­ dent as they are still vis­i­ble al­most ev­ery­day on Le­vante beach.

Sr. Martinez said sur­veil­lance will con­tinue through­out Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber in a bid to re­duce their pres­ence.

Have you no­ticed a marked re­duc­tion of these gangs on the streets of Benidorm – let us know your thoughts.

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