A spate of violent crimes in Albufeira is putting tourists off the area for holidays. A British tourist was attacked this week near the famous “strip” in the Montechoro area. He was apparently walking back to his hotel when he was violently attacked by some youths and left in a pool of blood. Ian Haggath, 50, from Dunston, near Gateshead, later died in Faro hospital.
Other tourists who found Mr Haggath and tried to help him said they had just been accosted by four youths, who they think may have been Haggath’s attackers.
In comments on the Portugal News website, locals discussed this and other crimes that are becoming a regular occurrence. Chez from Lisbon said, “I am afraid that the GNR are only good for strutting around in their jackboots or crusing around in their cars oblivious of any crime other than parking on the pavement by UK plated cars.”
Mr T from the UK, who says he has been visiting the Algarve for 20 years, said, “Sadly, opening up of EU borders has seen influx of eastern europeans in recent years, and it may be coincidence, but crimes of robbery and violence are now commonplace. The police and GNR seem to concentrate on motorists (driving offences) rather than solving crimes of this nature.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office this week issued a travel warning, for Brits to be on their guard when visiting the area.