VALENCIA City reported 5,874 official complaints during this year’s Fallas Festival, an increase of over 20% from 2016. There was also an increase in arrests, rising from 65 in 2016 to 97 this year. The figures were fed back by the Councillor for Citizens Protection, Anais Menguzzato in a post fiesta press conference. There was an extra 600 officers on duty for the Fallas period, which each year sees a huge influx of people from all over the world to watch the famous festival. Complaints received included illegal food sellers and other general peddlers of goods as well as such things as bars extending their terraces without permission. There was also a number of traffic related offences and complaints, especially regarding parking with over 700 vehicles being towed away. Ms Menguzzato said that overall she was satisfied with the police handling of one of Spain’s major events and that, in general, the increase in incidences were down to an increase in attendance, partly fuelled by the good weather.