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Britons warned of violent crime by Embassy

Following the death of English tourist Ian Haggath on May 25, the official advice given to British tourists travelling to the Algarve was altered to warn travellers of the potential problem of violent crime.

In the warning section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website, under the Portimão (Algarve) travel advice section, the FCO are now stating: “Street crime is occasionally accompanied by violence.  Remain alert and guard valuable personal items at all times.”

A spokesman from the British Embassy in Lisbon told the Algarve Resident: “The travel advice for British tourists was updated on May 25 to express our concern about the current conditions in the Algarve and are part of our ongoing process of constantly monitoring the situation.”

“The FCO will continue to monitor this situation and will update the advice as and when it is required.”

The spokesman added: “We are committed to working with the authorities to ensure that tourists are safe and we are in constant contact with the police about the situation.”