Brits in Magaluf warned as ‘street sellers rob drunk tourists with bear hugs’

Magaluf holidaymakers have been warned after a spate of robberies allegedly carried out by street sellers who use violence or techniques like 'bear hugs' against intoxicated Brits.

Street sellers have been accused of stealing valuables from up to 100 tourists a night, and security will be increased as of next week.

In one recent incident, a Brit needed hospital treatment after being threatened with a bottle when he tried to stop a mugger taking his valuables.

Two other British tourists have told how their expensive mobile phones were stolen recently, including one man who claims he was harassed on the street by a group of men.

The warning for Brits came after a number of street sellers were arrested for allegedly robbing holidaymakers at the Spanish party resort on the island of Majorca.

Street sellers, or 'looky looky' men, have been warned they face restraining orders preventing them from returning to the resort.

Town hall chiefs confirmed eight men from Senegal had been held at the weekend on suspicion of separate crimes against mainly British holidaymakers flocking to Magaluf’s raucous party strip Punta Ballena.

The revelation followed reports in Majorca newspaper Ultima Hora claiming male street sellers are becoming more of a problem. 

A crime reporter who took to the streets of Magaluf on Saturday night claimed street sellers peddled drugs to Brit holidaymakers before becoming “expert thieves” as the night wore on and their targets became more drunk and unable to defend themselves.

Many of the victims were said to be young women who have downed so much alcohol they have difficulty standing up or end up vomiting in the street.

The injured British man was pictured being led towards an ambulance while a paramedic held a dressing to his head.

A spokesman for Calvia Council, which covers the Magaluf area, said: “Eight people were arrested in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday morning for robbing tourists in the Punta Ballena area.

“In each case, the suspects tried to outrun police before being stopped and found to be in possession of stolen items including expensive mobile phone, SIM cards, wallets, watches, bracelets and even a gold chain.

“The suspects are street sellers whose modus operandi consists of working in pairs to rob drunken tourists using techniques like ‘bear hugs’ from behind or pushing them to the ground.

“The eight detainees are from Senegal and are aged between 20 and 36. Most live in the Majorcan capital Palma and one has a criminal record for robbery.

“Two victims had to receive medical attention over the weekend.

“On Saturday a tourist tried to resist a robbery and was threatened with a bottle before getting into an altercation.

“In the early hours of Sunday morning, the person hurt was a local police officer.”

The spokesman added in a statement: “Calvia Town Hall will be seeking restraining orders against the suspects.”

Calvia Council revealed earlier this year that the Civil Guard would have a permanent presence at the start of Punta Ballena Street this summer.

Mayor Rodriguez Alfonso Badal said the “permanent post” would help to act as a security deterrent.

The council confirmed Civil Guard security in the area would be reinforced from the start of next week.

Brit holidaymaker Roger Foster told how he got back to his hotel room following a pizza to find an iPhone 7 he had got for Christmas was gone after he was harassed by Africans on the street.

Another, identified only as Simon, said: “I was on the Strip and had my phone in my hand and a fella came over to my friend and started chatting to him and just grabbed the phone out of my hand.

“It was a little black guy. There were no women involved.

“We tried to catch him and I fell but he was gone.”

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