The Guardia Civil have arrested British residents in the Alpujarra after one allegedly threw a petrol bomb at a group of diners on a restaurant terrace.
The incident took place in the village of Válor on the 20th around 21.00h after an argument between the 46-year-old man and fellow British residents dining in a restaurant next to the Town Hall.
Upon receiving news of the incident a Guardia Civil patrol was sent from Ugíjar. When they arrived they confirmed that a Molotov Cocktail, incidendary device had been used owing to the visual evidence. Fortunately, it appears that the bottle impacted against a lamppost and not against the table where the people had been sat.
Interviewing eyewitnesses the police learnt that there had been a heated argument between two British residents. The arrested man had left the restaurant and returned with the petrol bomb, lit the rag and threw it at the table where the other person involved in the dispute was sat with three friends. Fortunately, he missed (deliberately or not) and hit the lamppost.
Surprisingly, none of the people involved denounced what had happened before the Guardia Civil so they decided to proceed ex officio (by virtue of office; they don’t need extra authorisation).
Further investigation turned up that the partner of the victim (at the table) had allegedly attacked the arrested man’s partner at home. As a consequence of this aggression the victim had to be taken to the Hospital de Poniente de El Ejido (Almería) to have her head wounds treated. This second aggressor, a 58-year-old British man and the Molotov assailant will both appear before the magistrate in Órgiva.
Editorial comment: this article was taken from a Guardia Civil press release but the contents are not that clear as to what sex the victim at the table was, nor the partner of the man who threw the petrol bomb, and you can’t take anything for granted nowadays.
As Tom Jones sang, “it’s not unusual…” to hear about Brits beating the crap out of each other in Mallorca, Benidorm or Costa del Crimen etc, but some idiot throwing a petrol bomb in the tiny village of Válor gives the impression that the Alpujarra is going down hill.
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