(AFP) – Aug 11, 2008
LONDON (AFP) — Bad behaviour abroad, often fuelled by excessive drinking, has sent the number of Britons arrested overseas soaring, a report by the Foreign Office showed Tuesday.
In its annual report, "British Behaviour Abroad", the Foreign Office said "many arrests" of Britons abroad were due to "behaviour caused by excessive drinking".
Arrests in Spain went up by a third (32 percent) to 2,032 -- the highest number of any country -- in the April 2006-March 2007 period reviewed.
The report found that on a proportional basis Britons were most likely be arrested was Cyprus -- home to British sovereign military bases.
The Daily Mail called it the "shame of binge drinking Brits abroad", in a front page headline.
"Drunken and loutish holidaymakers have sent Britain's reputation abroad plunging to new depths," the tabloid said.
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