Police break up two illegal parties in Adeje over the weekend
The Adeje Local Police were called out on Saturday night to break up two illegal parties, one in the Diego Hernández beach in La Caleta which we have reported on already, and the other in an empty water reservoir along the Camino de la Virgin walk. In both locations over 100 people were in attendance, Covid restrictions were not being observed, and in one case the curfew was also breached.
The Adeje councillor for security, Mercedes Vargas Delgado, has reiterated her call for the people of Adeje to make “an extra effort to stick to the rules. We have had a complicated few months but bit by bit things are improving and it would be tragic to see people get ill and lose their lives as a result of this kind of behaviour”.
At the same time the councillor reminded people that we are a tourist borough and in a tourist zone such as Costa Adeje, there is a need for extra security and personnel. “Adeje has a population of roughly 50,000 people but let’s not forget that at busy times the local security forces need to deal with up to 150,000 people staying here, or even 200,000 at peak times. The council is always working to see that the Local Police have all the resources they need, but without better state funding for tourism boroughs that’s not always possible”.
There is a good working relationship between the Local Police and the state forces, but in situations such as last weekend, and other times where there are an increased number of people in the borough, at fiestas times and during the summer, it can be very difficult for the police to deal with an increased number of infractions. It underlies an on-going need for increased National Police and Guardia Civil numbers in the south of the island, in particular in boroughs such as Adeje where visitor numbers can be and hopefully will be much higher in the coming months. Security forces will not simply be dealing with Covid related matters but with the full range of security issues.
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LA CALETA BEACH:
The illegal party on the Diego Hernández beach was brought to the attention of the police by a resident in the area. Four patrols were sent to the zone as well as two Guardia Civil patrols. One of the local police units went to the Avenida de los Acantilados to identify those attempting to flee the beach when they saw the police coming. Over 100 partygoers were in attendance according to the police, many without masks and no social distancing was in evidence. The police took details of a number of individuals including the presumed organiser of the event, and also found food and drink, a music system, and a generator. The event was closed down by 10.40pm.
CAMINO DE LA VIRGEN RESERVOIR:
This party took place in an empty reservoir along the Camino de la Virgen walk, also with approximately 100 people in attendance, without masks or social distancing, and also broke the 11pm curfew. The police were called out at 11.40pm and activated the local emergency protocol. Here also the police found music systems and a generator.
Since the introduction of the State of Alarm, the Adeje Local Police have been closing down illegal activities and parties within the borough. There have been almost 150 reports taken of private parties breaking Covid restrictions during the pandemic.