AN estimated 23 of the 64 properties on the Mirador Monte Pedrera urbanisation in Denia are occupied by squatters and neighbours say that the situation for those dwelling legally is becoming increasingly difficult. In a recent incident a private security guard on patrol had his arm broken and residents say they have received death threats as well as physical and verbal intimidation. Property has also been damaged, cars scratched and wheels punctured while there have been break-ins and attempted burglaries.
To add insult to injury the squatters have tapped into an illegal electricity supply using street lights, something the urbanisation is picking up the bill for, currently around €20,000. The “wave of people” moved in around two years ago almost overnight according to reports. Legal residents have held meetings with the police and town council but say that little or no action has been taken.