Thursday, 4 August 2011

Fewer Brits arrested but more hospitalised overseas

Official figures have shown that the number of Briton's arrested overseas in the past year, has fallen by 10%.

The Britis Behaviour Abroad report has also shown that the number of drug arrests has fallen by almost 20%/ The highest number of arrests were made in Spain and The US with 5,700 cases worldwide.

The issue of drug related arrests are particular significant in certain areas, with South America and the Caribbean being most concentrated.

However, the number of Brit's hospitalised is on the increase despite fewer people travelling abroad. The number of hospitalised Briton's stood at 3,752 with Spain handling the most cases at 1,024. Proportionately, the highest concentration of Britions hospitalised in one place is Thailand.

Regarding the finding, Europe Minister David Lidingston said:

“We work hard to warn British nationals about the consequences of breaking the law abroad so it is really encouraging to see the overall number of cases of arrests and drug arrests falling. But last year there were still 5,700 arrests of British nationals overseas. Prison conditions in some parts of the world can be very poor, overcrowded and, in some cases, dangerous and sentences can be much tougher than in the UK. People are mistaken if they think the Foreign Office can get you out of jail. We can’t, but we will work hard to try and ensure your safety, and that you get a fair trial.”

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