The number of Britons arrested overseas is on the rise, official figures today showed.
The Foreign Office (FO) handled 6,015 arrest cases involving British nationals abroad between April2011 and March 2012.
This was 6% more than in the previous 12 months and included a 2% rise in drug arrests.
The FO said anecdotal evidence from embassies and consulates overseas suggested many incidents were alcohol-fuelled.
The Independent reports that consular staff in Cairo handled 66 cases up to the end of March this year, compared with 34 for the previous year.
The large increase occurred despite a sharp fall in tourism overall since civil insurrection began there early last year.
- New figures reveal the number of Brits arrested overseas has risen by 6% in the past year.
- Between April 2011 and March 2012, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office handled 6,015 arrest cases involving British nationals - up from 5,700 in the previous year.
- Drug arrests have also increased by 2% with the FCO handling 816 cases over the same period.
- The figures, which include holidaymakers and Britons resident overseas, showed the highest number of arrests and detentions was in Spain (1,909) followed by the USA (1,305).
- Spanish arrests rose 9% in 2011/12, while the USA was up 3%.
- The most arrests of Britons for drugs was in the USA (147), followed by Spain (141).
- The highest percentage of arrests for drugs in 2011/12 was in Peru where there were only 17 arrests in total, although 15 were for drugs.
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