POLICE broke up a mass orgy in a Spanish holiday flat after dozens of people queued up outside to be filmed having sex.
The event, which broke lockdown rules, had been advertised as a "crime against public health," according to reports.
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Three organisers of the unlicensed sex event, including controversial porn director Ignacio Allende, have been warned they face heavy fines.
The police operation unfolded on Wednesday evening after filming of the sex party got underway at a fifth-floor studio in Madrid’s San Blas neighbourhood.
Local reports said dozens of men had gathered for the event after being offered the chance of satisfying themselves for free with a small selection of women with prizes for the best performers.
Many eager participants are understood to have been queuing outside the area where the X-rated action was going on in the hope of getting the go-ahead to join in.
Allende, better known as Torbe, is one of three Spaniards said to have been identified as the trio of organisers and informed they would be receiving fines.
Madrid is currently in a state of emergency mini-lockdown, with restrictions on the number of people who can get together.
There is also a ban on leaving or entering the city unless it is for work or humanitarian reasons.
Torbe spent seven months on remand in prison in 2016 after being arrested on suspicion of crimes including sexual abuse of minors and distribution of child porn.
He has yet to be tried but prosecutors announced recently they would be seeking a seven and a year prison sentence on charges including distribution of child pornography linked to the filming of two minors. . At the start of Spain’s three-month state of emergency in March, eight people were arrested in a Barcelona apartment after being accused of flouting the coronavirus lockdown to organise a drug-fuelled orgy.
Undercover officers tipped off about the sex party were let into the holiday flat by revellers who mistook them for potential orgy participants.
Drugs including cocaine and liquid ecstasy were also seized from the apartment, which had been rented for a week by one of the partygoers.
Local reports at the time said another 20 people were expected at the sex bash, organised as a website launch, before police intervened.
One of the party goers is said to have tipped off detectives after an attack of remorse.
Scallop wars! Two British fishermen are surrounded by French trawlers and ‘pelted with flares and FRYING PANS’ in separate incidents over fishing grounds
Two British boats based off Brixham in Devon were involved in the skirmish
Vessels surrounded by 20 French boats and pelted with frying pans and rocks
Growing fears over a possible ‘Cod War’ stand-off with European trawlermen
Tensions growing due to difference in fishing rules between UK and France
UK scallopers can fish all year round, but French cannot from May to October
Fish wars have broken out in the English Channel as French trawlers confronted their British counterparts – firing flares and throwing frying pans.
Two British boats – the Girl Macey, skippered by Scott Glover, and the Golden Promise, by Brian Whittington – were involved in the skirmish.
The vessels, both based out of Brixham in Devon, were surrounded by around 20 French boats and were pelted with objects including frying pans and rocks.
The French crews even threw oil at the Gal Macey before firing a flare at the ship, with the violence sparking fears that there could be a death as hostilities worsen.
Ministers have put in place a ‘five-fold increase in our enforcement capacity’ over the last year in preparation for a possible ‘Cod War’ stand-off with European trawlermen.
Fishing remains one of the key sticking points to a Brexit deal, with Boris Johnson unwilling to allow EU trawlers to continue their existing access to UK waters forever.
UK fisherman have been surrounded and hounded by French trawlers in the English Channel
Fish wars have broken out in the Channel as French trawlers confronted British counterparts
The vessels were surrounded by around 20 French boats and were pelted with frying pans
The French crews even threw oil at the Gal Macey before firing a flare at the ship in the Channel
The recent violence has sparked fears that there could be a death as hostilities worsen
This map shows the extent of the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone – the waters Britain will take back control of after Brexit. At the moment the EEZ of every European Union member state is merged into one large zone which can be accessed by fishermen from all over Europe
Officials fear this could lead to a repeat of the 1970s ‘Cod Wars’, when British trawlers backed by the Royal Navy clashed with Icelandic coastguard vessels in a doomed attempt to maintain historic fishing rights in the North Atlantic.
Following the latest incident, Brian ‘Winkle’ Whittington, 43, skipper of the Golden Promise, said: ‘I was expecting it this time, they only do it in the dark.
Moment of truth looms on Brexit trade deal: Boris Johnson holds make-or-break talks with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen TODAY as Merkel urges ‘realism’ to settle issues on fishing and level playing field rules
Boris Johnson will hold make or break post-Brexit trade talks with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen today as the clock ticks down to the Prime Minister’s negotiating deadline.
Mr Johnson has made clear he wants the broad outlines of a deal to be in place by tomorrow’s EU Council summit in Brussels, but significant differences still remain.
The premier and the president of the European Commission will try to get discussions over the line after Angela Merkel called for the bloc to be more realistic on key issues like fishing rights.
The German Chancellor said in order for a deal to be done it will have to be ‘in the interests of both parties’.
Mr Johnson and Ms von der Leyen will speak by phone while Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, and Lord Frost, his UK counterpart, meet in person in Brussels.
Lord Frost is due to advise the PM tomorrow on whether he believes there is a visible path to a deal, amid claims Britain will walk away if an accord is not in sight.
‘We can’t use the radio when they do it as they just talk over us instantly, so I couldn’t check on Scott to see how he was.
‘We were about two miles apart and I had two or three boats around me. Scott had 15 around him, they were throwing oil at him and firing flares.
‘I was mentally prepared for it, I knew it was going to happen again.’
Derek Meredith, a fishermen from Brixham and owner of the Golden Promise, told how he believes that tensions are heightening in the channel.
He warned that the incident could have easily resulted in a death, because the flare could have set the Gal Macey on fire.
He said: ‘When I heard about it I was very concerned, if that flare went into the wheel house the boat would have burned up, and would the French have helped?
‘The boat would sink and the French would just leave our boys to drown. They shouldn’t be doing what they’re doing but they seem to get away with it every year.’
Mr Meredith also called on the Royal Navy to help British fishermen, saying they were routinely attacked while doing their jobs.
He said that despite growing tensions and worsening conflict, nothing is done and his crew are left to fend for themselves.
He added: ‘They act very aggressively, they do every year. Last year they smashed our windows and stuff and nothing happened – they get away with it every year.
‘The fishermen were surrounding out boats and throwing things at them, it’s the same as last year.
‘They pull in front of the fishing boat so it has to drop out of gear, and they will then chaperone you to the area where they want you to fish.’
Tensions have been growing each year due to a difference in fishing restrictions between the UK and France.
British scallopers are allowed to fish year round, but the French are not permitted to fish between May 15 and October 1.
Tensions are growing due to a difference in fishing restrictions between the UK and France
British scallopers can fish all year round, but the French cannot between May 15 and October 1
The difference in rules creates hostility towards the British fishermen, and the French try to keep the best stock for themselves and keep UK boats out of the good areas
Despite knowing their fate, the fishermen are returning to the scene today to continue fishing
A video grab from footage taken by British fisherman being surrounded by French trawlers
This creates hostility towards the British fishermen, and the French try to keep the best stock for themselves and keep UK boats out of the good areas.
Why the complex issue of UK-EU fishing rights is leaving Brexit talks floundering in cold water
Each country has an Exclusive Economic Zone which can extend up to 200 nautical miles from the coast.
That country has special fishing rights over that area.
However, in the EU each country’s Exclusive Economic Zone is effectively merged into one joint EU zone.
All fishing activity within that zone is then regulated by the bloc’s controversial Common Fisheries Policy which dictates how many of each type of fish can be caught.
The joint EU zone is open to fishermen from every member state.
But after the Brexit transition period the UK will regain sole control of its Exclusive Economic Zone and the bolstered Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron will be tasked with patrolling it to make sure every vessel operating there has the right to do so.
Mr Meredith added: ‘It’s a load of rubbish, we haven’t done nothing wrong. What the French were saying is a load of c**p, that our boats were fishing in the wrong place.
‘Over there, the Navy are on it and take you in if you do go into the wrong area, they track you all the time.’
Despite knowing their fate, the fishermen are returning to the scene today to continue fishing for scallops so they can earn their livelihood.
Mr Meredith added: ‘I’m going back over there today, it will happen again tonight. It will take me about ten hours to get there, I’m mentally prepared for it to happen again.
‘We don’t fight back, if we start throwing things at them then it will be our fault and not theirs.’
The attacks following similar scenes last year when Mr Meredith said he had six crew members on the Golden Promise and Joanna C who have been left ‘extremely shaken’ by an early morning attack in the English Channel.
He said his crew tried to protect themselves from objects being thrown at them – while the French Navy just stood and watched.
And he claimed one of his boats could have sunk after the watertight integrity was breached by a flying shackle during the terrifying two-hour ordeal.
Cod Wars and the bitter 30-year ‘war for the waters’: How Icelandic and British fishermen first clashed over fishing grounds in the 1950s
An ongoing row over post-Brexit fishing rights has sparked fears of a return to the so-called Cod Wars of the 1950s and 1970s.
Those confrontations saw Britain and Iceland clash repeatedly over access to waters in the North Atlantic.
The quarrels were so ill-tempered that at times the Royal Navy had to step in to stop Icelandic boats from interfering with British trawlers.
The Grimsby trawler Gavina is pictured being harassed by Icelandic gunboat Averkur during the ‘Cod Wars’ in June 1973
There have also been more recent rows over fishing rights between Britain and its European neighbours.
In 2018 a so-called ‘scallop war’ erupted which saw French and British boats angrily clash over access to shellfish off the coast of Normandy.
The UK is preparing for all post-Brexit eventualities, with the Government hiring two extra ships to provide additional help to the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron’s current four ship fleet.
Meanwhile, more than 20 other boats are being put on standby which means Britain’s fishing patrol capabilities are said to be tripling.
THE PROFESSOR who demanded Britain go into lockdown in March after claiming 500,000 people could die has said there needs to be an extended "circuit breaker" shut down over half-term.
Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said if the UK wanted to keep schools open for kids it should shut down pubs and restaurants for two weeks to try and stop the surge of new coronavirus cases.
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Professor Ferguson told BBC Radio Four that Britain was in a "very different" position to March when the initial lockdown was brought in and there were "ten times" as many cases as now.
But he warned huge sacrifices could have to be made to keep schools open and ensure kids get the face-to-face education they need, especially for older kids who are more likely to pass on the virus.
No10 were asked today if more measures for Brits were on the way in the coming days.
A spokesperson said: "We keep all the data under review and if further measures are required, then we will take them while being guided by the principle of doing everything we can to protect both lives and livelihoods."
Despite being one of the lead scientists telling the PM to introduce lockdown, Professor Ferguson broke strict stay at home orders to meet up with his mistress.
He quit his scientific advisory role to the Government after being caught breaking the rules.
Professor Ferguson warned: "All the teenagers do transmit the virus and we don't yet know if we can control the virus with high schools open.
"If we want to keep schools open we have to reduce contact in other areas of society more."
He said he though measures such as the extended half-term "circuit-breaker" lockdown needed to be considered to stop the skyrocketing case numbers without disrupting kids' schooling.
When asked if he thought pubs and bars should be closed like in cities such as Paris, the gloomy professor said: "Indeed. And we see if you look at track and trace data, the risk factors for a case, attending bars, restaurants hospitality venues is a risk, so yes we may need to consider those measures.
"We have to accept that in other areas we may have to give up more in order to keep them open."
He also warned Brits not to think that because death numbers had not yet surged the virus was less lethal.
"Admissions to hospital, hospital beds occupied with Covid patients and deaths are all tracking cases, they are at a low level but they are basically doubling every two weeks and we just cannot have that continue indefinitely, the NHS will be overwhelmed again."
Professor Ferguson's doomsday suggestions come after a data glitch from Public Health England missed almost 16,000 cases.
And the rates of infection have spiralled out of control in areas under local lockdown rules.
Manchester's rate soared to 529.4 cases per 100,000 people, with 2,927 new cases in the last seven days.
Knowsley and Liverpool have the second and third highest rates, at 498.5 and 487.1 per 100,000 respectively.