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13 Brits arrested as Ibiza crimewave intensifies

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Friday, August 18, 2006

Spanish cops investigating the recent San Antonio shoot-out arrested 13 men, mainly from Merseyside, this week, in a raid on a secluded villa on Ibiza.

The Guardia Civile police reportedly seized handguns, knives, ski masks and baseball bats in the raid, which occurred two weeks after three youths were shot, during a gun battle along the main strip of San Antonio’s beachfront. Press reports linked the shootings to the island’s drugs trade, which a new study of Brit holidaymaker’s recreational habits suggested could be huge. According to the survey carried out by marketing agency Tuned In, 39% of the 500,000 revellers ‘expect to take drugs most nights’ with a third preferring ecstasy and 26% cocaine. Over one in five also take ketamine, the survey said, with woman, surprisingly favouring K more than men.

In more Ibiza crime news, Bad Boy rapper Puff Daddy became a victim last weekend, when cat burglars reportedly snatched a six million pound (US$10 million) necklace from a villa he was staying at.

“He was livid when he found out the necklace had been stolen,” a source told the Standard. “He will be lost without it.”

Fellow celebrity pop idol James Blunt, who bought a £2 million mansion on Ibiza earlier this year, also complained about low-level criminality on the island this week, condemning trespassers who’ve been invading his privacy.

“I’ve not had my place in Ibiza long but since I’ve been here I’ve experienced a lot of people hanging around outside my house, it’s totally out of order,” the former soldier complained to the Daily Mirror.

“I’ve gone out and bought a gun that shoots rocks so if I catch anyone hanging round them I will get them with that,” he warned.