Catral Mayor, Pedro Zaplana, has appealed to residents to help him stop a phantom flag stealer, who over a fortnight has taken five Spanish and European Union flags from public places, including from outside the Town Hall and the flagpole on the roundabout on the Callosa road.

The thief must have some good climbing ability to go to the top of the flagpoles to pounce on the flags, which measure three metres wide and two metres high.

Each flag costs around 40 euros to replace, and the first incident was outside the Town Hall, where a Spanish flag was swiped over two weeks ago, followed by one depicting the European Union symbol.  The thief or thieves have also struck outside the Casa de Cultura.

“I’m asking for anybody who spots people acting suspiciously to let us know,” said Zaplana. “These petty thefts are costing money out of local coffers to pay for new flags.”

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