Almeria Feria crime figures down on last year claim police

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ON CALL: Mounted police were on hand at the feria. Photo credit: Twitter / National Police

NATIONAL POLICE officers made a total of 35 arrests and handed down 145 sanctions during the week of Almeria City’s feria, according to crime statistics.

Most of the arrests and sanctions were in connection with the possession or taking of illegal drugs, as well as taking prohibited weapons to the event.

Police statistics showed the level of crime fell during the week compared to the same period last year, in some cases by up to 45 per cent.

There was a drop in shoplifting cases of some 10 per cent compared to 2017 with a total of 41 recorded during this year’s feria.

There were a total of three car break-ins and thefts from within vehicles, a fall of 80 per cent on last year’s figure.

A total of four robberies were sanctioned compared to nine last year and police had to step in on 48 counts of brawls and arguments this year.

There were 12 arrests made on the back of warrants issued out of the 35 total. A total of 127 out of the 145 sanctions made were in connection with possessing drugs and the rest were due to weapons possession.

Officers intervened on four other cases on humanitarian grounds but gave no details about these cases. Police said no sexual assaults were recorded during the feria.

The National Police operation at this year’s feria was designed to maintain order and deal with crimes effectively, officers said.

Several units took part including explosives specialists and mounted police were also deployed. Officers also had air support from a helicopter.

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