Overflowing rubbish bins, due to the bin-men’s strike in Adeje, were set alight yesterday morning. It is not known whether the fires were caused by residents, fed up with the piles of stinking garbage piling up around them, or by vandals.

It is estimated that €11,000 worth of damage was caused at 17 rubbish sites. The fire services could not cope with the number of calls and residents were working together in bucket chains to bring the fires under control.