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Marbella monday memo

Another weekend, another shooting in Marbella. Just when you thought that the arrival of autumn might mark an end to the violence that errupted this summer, a British man was shot in the face on Saturday evening.

The incident took place on the ‘Aloha Strip’ – the stretch of road that leads from the roundabout at the bottom of Las Brisas and heads up to Aloha. Witnesses report an argument between a group of men that ended in shots being fired. In an all too familiar scene, police cordoned off the area and arrested five men, while the victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

This was just the latest event to take place on the Avenida del Prado over the summer. There were at least two high speed police chases with shots being fired, as well as the still unsolved kidnapping of a Dutch national by armed men who dragged him from his SUV. With reports of shots being fired seeming every weekend via Social Media, it’s fair to say that the Aloha Strip may have replaced the old N-340 as the most dangerous road in Spain.

While restaurants and bars are struggling to stay in business due to coronavirus, perhaps a new rule could be introduced – swap your hand gun for hand sanitizer on the way in? Failing that, an increase in police patrols in the area might deter those who seem to regard life in Marbella as a free fire zone.

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