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article imageUK tourist throws boiling water from balcony in Canary Islands

By Anne Sewell     May 28, 2013 in Odd News
Maspalomas - A tourist from the UK, visiting the Playa del Inglés resort on the island of Gran Canaria in Spain, has been on a rampage, pouring boiling water onto passersby from the balcony of his holiday apartment.
The Canarias7 news website (Spanish language) reports that his apartment is on the 12th floor of an apartment building in the Playa del Inglés resort in Maspalomas on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
Apparently the travel company, TUI, tried to solve the problem without involving the police, but the man responded by threatening to throw himself off the balcony, so on Monday the national police had to be called in to assist.
TUI told the police that the man had been causing problems for their staff and also other guests for around 10 days.
Police were unable to open the door of the man's apartment, but took up a position on a neighboring balcony, from where they could see several knives lying on a table, which was a worrying situation.
They attempted to calm the man, but this caused him to start throwing boiling water at the police officers, and then again on to the street below.
As they got a warrant to break into the British tourist's apartment, the man attacked them yet again with boiling water. The officers then broke down panels separating the balconies of the two neighboring apartments and stormed the man's bedroom.
While the tourist tried to resist with kicks and punches, the police were finally able to detain him.
The officers found huge pots of boiling water on the stove and reportedly the bathtub was also full of hot water.
The man was taken to a psychiatric unit at the Hospital Insular on the island for observation.
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