Tuesday 25 October 2016

Tourist arrested in Benidorm for 'abandoning her twins (9) to go on pub crawl'

Tomas Heneghan

Published 29/07/2016 | 20:56

Benidorm, Spain - one of Spain's busiest tourist destinations (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Benidorm, Spain - one of Spain's busiest tourist destinations (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

A British tourist in Spain was arrested this week after abandoning her children at a Benidorm resort.

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The woman (40) was arrested after it was discovered she had left her twin sons by themselves in an area of the resort.

It is reported one of the boys was brought to a police station when he was found walking the streets alone.

The second boy is believed to have walked back to the family’s holiday apartment, where he was later found lying against the entrance to the building.

The unidentified woman is reported to have been found sleeping in the apartment later after police began searching for her.

The two young boys are believed to have been put in to a child protection facility after being located by the authorities.

Local police said in a statement they believed the woman abandoned her two sons in an area with a large number of bars and alcohol-consumption.

A statement from the police said: “At 10pm on July 27 a couple came into a police station with a nine-year-old boy they'd found walking around the streets looking for his mum.

“The youngster was with his twin brother and his mother in an area of bars and she gave them money to go to get something to eat.

“However, when they returned she was not in the same spot and the boys decided to separate to look for her.”

The police confirmed the two young boys had been taken to a child protection centre to “guarantee their safety”.

“The search for their mother continued throughout the night until she was found at 8am the following morning sleeping peacefully inside her holiday flat,” the statement added.

Police said the mother had claimed she lost her children the previous evening while she was out drinking.

They also said she admitted she did not search for the two boys afterwards and failed to alert police to their absence as she believed they knew how to get back to the apartment themselves.

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