A group of youths have been fined 601€ EACH for quietly drinking and playing cards at their apartment in Mojacar.
As if the stupid fine of 500€ each levied recently against some youths for drinking water on Mojacar beach wasn’t bad enough, the local police have surpassed themselves and gone into a private apartment to fine a group of youths for drinking at home.
According to the complaint filed by the lawyer for the youths, the group were in their apartment when, shortly before midnight, they were visited by a local police patrol. The police explained that the youths were playing music and told them to switch it off, as silence is to be observed in Mojacar between the hours of 10pm and 8am.
The youths switched off the music and continued to play cards.
20 minutes later, the patrol appeared again, and without permission, went into the apartment to count heads and issued a fine of 601 euros per person, again using the local bylaw stating that any group of people together at night drinking is illegal.
The fine does not state that any noise violation was being infringed, nor that any neighbour had complained. It simply says that a group of youths were congregated together, drinking.
La Voz contacted Mayor Rosmari who initially said she knew nothing about the incident, but supported her officers. She added that the townhall had received complaints of 16 people occupying 4 bed apartments, and that her officers had been ordered to crackdown on short term rental flats occupied by “the young”.