Brit becomes Spanish mayor by default
Mark Lewis, 58, apparently speaks only basic Spanish but has become the leader of the council in the Costa Blanca community of San Fulgencio.
Lewis's promotion came after the mayor, deputy mayor and four senior councillors were taken into police custody following allegations of real estate corruption.
A source told The Telegraph: "Mr Lewis has taken charge of the council on the grounds that he is the fourth deputy mayor. Everyone above him in the pecking order has been arrested.
"Everything is in a state of chaos since these arrests and we are left with someone who speaks only a few words of Spanish."
Until his promotion, Lewis was the Councillor For Animals, which saw him oversee searches for lost pets and monitor the local animal rescue centre.