A HUDDERSFIELD family who emigrated for a new life say they couldn't be happier living in their beautiful Spanish village - despite being attacked by a knife-wielding drug addict!
Mark and Suzie Bajerski and seven-year-old daughter China moved to the idyllic village of Mijas on Spain's Costa Del Sol this year.
To make the move the family had to say goodbye to their home in Highburton.
Suzie had to sell her tanning shop in Holmfirth,
Meanwhile, Mark had to part with town centre stores Libra Furnishings and Cheap as Chips, his Marsh store, Exhibit, and a house clearance business.
Mark's desire to emigrate stemmed from his determination to leave a world of crime and violence behind.
He explained: "I had lost all hope in the youth culture, with the gangs and knives and the police.
"I didn't want my daughter to grow up with that. I wanted her to be able to go out and play."
Mark gave an account of his family's life so far in Spain, showing that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
"Have you ever bought what you thought was that perfect house or car, and then you start to see the faults appear?
"Well, guess what? It's happened to us here in sunny Spain!
"We set off with our van full to the top - myself, Suzie, China, and our dogs, Daisy and Dennis.
"Everything was perfect, the trip went like clockwork and we finally reached Mijas.
"We moved into our new home in the heart of the village. When I tell that our street is the most photographed street in Mijas, you might imagine how beautiful it is with the views to the sea.
"We felt so lucky to be here; we were now living our dream.
"China started school and settled in great. Suzie got started with our new business, Magnotheraphy designer jewellery, which is going well.
"And I had the hardest task of researching for my new book, entitled: Where to sit and drink the best cappuccinos in Mijas.
"It has been really hard work, as you can imagine, day in day, day out in all those cafe bars!"
But the family's bubble of bliss looked set to burst after the first couple of weeks, when Mark came home one night from a village party.
He recalled: "I opened my front door and as I tried to shut it a man appeared, shouting for money.
"He was very aggressive and I slammed the door shut.
"I soon found out that he was our neighbour - and a local thief and heroin addict."
In fact, the previous occupants of the Bajerski's home moved out because the same man had broken into the house and stolen items - but was never charged.
Mark said: "The whole of Mijas is beautiful and whitewashed - and we had to move next door to a madman. Talk about irony!"
The family applied for a court order to keep the man away.
But he returned the following night.
Mark said: "There was a bang on the door and shouting.
"I went downstairs to face him. He ran back into his house and came out with a massive knife.
"Suzie screamed. He then went back into his house.
"Believe me, for just a few seconds that night I felt I was never going to see my family again."
The police were called - but again nothing was done.
Despite that terrifying night, Mark says the good aspects of his family's new life by far outweighs the bad.
"With all that's happened we still love it here. It's magical and we're so lucky to be here.
"Even if it's only for another day, we can at least say it was a great adventure."