By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]
A British man who was violently attacked by two men with guns in the early hours of March 28 has said he will “never return to the Algarve” following his ordeal in Albufeira.
The 38-year-old Briton from Stockport had been on holiday with four other friends to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the group but left the Algarve on March 28 with 11 stitches on his scalp after he and his friends were pistol whipped during a violent attempted robbery.
“We had been out for drinks in Albufeira and were on our way back to the hotel at about 1am. Three friends were walking ahead and I and another friend were following slightly behind when a man ran up to the three ahead and shouted in English ‘Give me all your money’,” said the Briton who wished to remain anonymous.
“At first, we all laughed and thought that it was a joke but then his accomplice came up behind me and my friend and shouted the same.
“The guy who came up to us flashed a gun in my face so my instant reaction was to punch him in the face, which, looking back, was a bad idea as he had a gun,” said the Briton.
A brawl between one robber and the two men ensued while the other three fought with his accomplice ahead near the escalators in the popular tourist destination of Albufeira.
“When the first robber saw that his accomplice was on the ground, he then ran over and started to pistol whip me around the head. I managed to struggle free, then the two robbers ran off and my friends and I ran in the opposite direction.”
The robbers did not manage to take any money or possessions from the group of five, which included two men who were more than six feet tall.
The group returned to their hotel where staff called the police and an ambulance, and the holidaymaker was taken to the medical centre where he received 11 stitches on his head.
“When the robbers ran off, all I could see was blood running down my face so I asked my friend if I had been shot in the head. It all happened so fast I had no idea what had happened to me but knew I needed to get help quickly,” he said.
This was the first time that the Briton had visited the Algarve after friends had recommended Albufeira as a “great place to come on holiday”.
“After what has happened to me, I will never be returning to the Algarve. It was my first and last visit,” the British holidaymaker said.
Meanwhile, the home of a British couple was burgled on March 23 between 7.30pm and 10.30pm while the house stood empty. Police told the Algarve Resident that the thieves made off with more than 200,000 euros worth of gold, jewellery and cash from the property located in the private residential area of Fazenda Santiago, Almancil.
At the time the Algarve Resident went to press on Wednesday, no arrests had been made in either case.