Three arrests at Real Padel club in Marbella were for ‘minor offences’, say sources – after riot police in helmets stormed the gym as a helicopter circled above

A TOTAL of three people were dramatically arrested ‘for minor offences’ at the Real Padel club in Nueva Andalucia on Thursday, sources have said.

It comes after social media was awash with videos of the raid which showed multiple Policia Nacional riot vans parked outside the popular sports centre – situated behind the old Sisu Hotel near Puerto Banus.

Officers were seen charging into the centre wearing full protective gear and helmets, while a helicopter circled above.

However sources close to the investigation told Diario Sur that it was a ‘routine action’ and ‘not an operation resulting from an investigation’.

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Police officers in riot gear and helmets can be seen marching past gym goers (INSTAGRAM/Marbellasequeja)

They insisted the arrests were for ‘minor or administrative’ reasons.

The claims are in stark contrast with the dramatic nature of the operation – which was all part of the new so-called ‘Marbella Plan’ to crackdown on crime.

Several similar raids were carried out by the Intervention Unit (UIP) in Puerto Banus last weekend.

The UIP is made of former riot police and their presence has been reinforced in the city following the recent spate of headline-grabbing shootings.

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