Foreign Office warns of violent attacks in Algarve

The Foreign Office is warning holidaymakers of the dangers of violent attacks in the Algarve following the death of a British tourist in the popular resort of Albufeira.

Fifty-year-old Ian Haggarth from Gateshead in Tyneside died last week after being beaten by four youths. His death follows an attack of an Irish man in the same resort last month.

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for the Algarve to warn that street crime in the region can occasionally turn violent.

The two men were attacked in the notorious Montechoro neighbourhood of Albufeira. Mr Haggarth was set upon by a gang in the early hours of the morning on May 15, near the three-star Janelas do Mar hotel where he was staying. He was robbed, beaten and left unconscious. He died last Wednesday in hospital.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said this morning it had made "a very minor" change to its travel advice to alert holidaymakers about street crime in the Algarve.

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