Authorities in Ibiza are cracking down on illegal parties by recruiting private detectives to gatecrash events.

It is part of a drive to help stop illegal raves on the party island with the undercover team required to pose as tourists.

Successful applicants will be aged from 30 to 40, and able to blend easily with party-goers. Duties will also involve finding out when and where raves are being held and inform police.

Authorities are implementing the radical plan after a spate of raves and parties were partly-blamed for a surge in Covid-19 cases on the Balearic Island.

Mariano Juan Colomar, deputy head of the island government, told Reuters: "They (applicants) must be detectives but need to look like tourists so they can blend in with the people going to the parties.

"We want these infiltrators to tip off police about where the parties are taking place so we can stop people getting there and prevent coronavirus outbreaks."

Ibiza's nightclubs are closed and bars and restaurants must shut at 1 am under coronavirus rules, but secret raves are being organised in empty private homes.

The raves exploit a legal loophole which prevents private houses being raided by the police unless officers have a judicial order, leaving the police little option but to try to break them up before they begin, local media reports.

Revellers are often tipped off about the location via social media just minutes before an event starts with tickets costing up to 100 euros, according to local police.

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Fines for staging illegal parties in the Balearic Islands can range from between 100,000 and 300,000 euros.

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