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Man attacked, beaten with bottle by squatters who took over vacation home

A British man who owns a home in Spain was brutally attacked by squatters who allegedly took over his Spanish home while he was in the U.K., according to European news reports. 

Identified only as Michael, the 52-year-old British man reportedly flew from his home in Liverpool to a vacation home in the Costa del Sol region of Spain last month after neighbors alerted him that squatters had taken over his property, according to Euro Weekly News. 

“They called him and asked him if he had rented his apartment. He answered no, then they explained to him that there were people living in it, so he said he was taking a plane and came to see what was happening,” a spokeswoman for the residential complex told Spanish outlet El Confidencial. 

Michael arrived at his Spanish home and confronted the squatters but was met with hostility, as the suspects allegedly beat him with a bottle. The man was left with cuts to the face, back and other parts of his body, according to news reports and photos circulating online. 

Local authorities responded to the incident, which took place on May 30, and told Michael to “file a complaint” about the squatters, the outlet reported. 

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Michael filed a complaint and recounted in his testimony that when he arrived at his Spanish vacation home, he was unable to open the front door with his key due to the locks being changed. He reportedly noticed a window was open at the home, climbed onto a balcony and accessed the house through the window. 

Michael was treated at a local hospital for his injuries and released the day after the attack, the outlet reported. 

Spain with boats

Boats are seen at Banus port in Marbella, on the Costa del Sol, southern Spain, May 24, 2007. The Spanish coast is a popular bolthole for criminals fleeing the law because they can blend easily into thriving expatriate communities, like the 500,000 foreigners resident in the southern province of Andalusia. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca )

Local police arrested the men on June 8, according to Spanish outlet Murcia Today, and they were held on suspicion of drug trafficking, electricity fraud and stolen furniture. The case is ongoing, according to the outlet, and Michael returned to Liverpool days after the attack. 

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