British Couple Attacked by Squatters in Ibiza Villa Turned Cannabis Farm

Squatters attack British couple in Ibiza, convert villa into cannabis farm. Highlights growing problem of squatting in tourist hotspots and need for authorities to address property rights.

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British Couple Attacked by Squatters in Ibiza Villa Turned Cannabis Farm

British Couple Attacked by Squatters in Ibiza Villa Turned Cannabis Farm

In a shocking incident, a British couple was attacked by squatters who had converted rooms in their Ibiza villa into a cannabis farm. The attack occurred in April 2024 when the couple returned to their property in the municipality of San Jose, near the 6.5 million-pound mansion of Kate Middleton's uncle, Gary Goldsmith.

The squatters, identified as two Spanish men with criminal records for violent crimes and drug trafficking, allegedly assaulted the couple with baseball bats and chains. They also threatened the victims with what appeared to be a shotgun and stole their suitcases, demanding €2,000 (£1,725) to return them.

Heavily-armed police officers had to force their way into the property to arrest the two suspects after obtaining a court order. The officers discovered that two rooms in the villa had been converted into a cannabis farm. The suspects have been accused of various crimes, including robbery, wounding, and threats.

The British couple sustained injuries during the attack and required medical treatment. "The police had to obtain a court order to enter the property and arrest the suspects, who were charged with robbery, wounding, and threats," according to sources familiar with the case.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the growing problem of squatters targeting holiday homes in popular tourist destinations like Ibiza. It also raises concerns about the safety and security of property owners who may face violent confrontations when attempting to reclaim their homes from illegal occupants.

This attack comes just a year after another British couple had to take legal action to evict squatters from their Ibiza holiday home, where they found drug paraphernalia and missing personal property. The recent incident in San Jose emphasizes the need for authorities to address the issue of squatting and ensure the protection of property rights for homeowners in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • British couple attacked by squatters running cannabis farm in Ibiza villa
  • Squatters assaulted couple with bats, chains, and threatened with shotgun
  • Police had to obtain court order to arrest suspects and seize cannabis farm
  • Couple sustained injuries and required medical treatment
  • Incident highlights growing problem of squatters targeting holiday homes in Ibiza