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From 'balconing' to the 'mafia': what's going on in Magaluf?
Posted on 23/06/2019

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For years, Magaluf has been a popular destination among young British tourists, and in the past the only issues in this little Mallorcan party town have been caused by the tourists themselves, with British police even being sent out to combat their drunken antics. But is Magaluf no longer a safe place to let loose?

The Magaluf 'mafia'

The Magaluf 'mafia'
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Around two weeks ago, it was reported that a group of men had been patrolling the streets of Magaluf, pretending to be street vendors, and successfully robbing several drunken tourists. The organised group were eventually caught and eight men from Senegal aged from 20 to 36 were arrested, however it is unknown if this is all of them. The group took several things from the unaware or incapacitated tourists, including smartphones, wallets, watches and jewelry.

How did they do it?

How did they do it?
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The group of men had a technique in order to rob their victims which involved approaching them from behind and restraining them in a "bear hug" while a companion would take everything they could from their pockets and bags. Local news outlets reported that another member would be on the lookout nearby for any police passing them on the Carrer Punta Ballena, more commonly known as "the Strip". When the men were caught and arrested, local police searched them and found a device which seemed to be used for removing SIM cards from mobile phones.

Is the party over in Magaluf?

Is the party over in Magaluf?
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This news comes after reports of a craze called "balconing", which has caused several tourists to be admitted to hospital with serious injuries after drunkenly jumping from their balconies. Two weeks ago, a British man died falling from his balcony in Magaluf, although it is unknown whether the cause of his fall was from jumping. One tourist, who was caught on camera jumping from the second floor of his hotel, even tried to claim he "slipped" by the swimming pool, demanding that the hotel pay his huge medical bill.

Although Magaluf may be a rite-of-passage holiday for many young Brits, recent events suggest tourists should really consider the risks before booking their next holiday to Mallorca's party capital, and have their wits about them when partying at night. Could this be the beginning of the end for Magaluf?

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