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UK warns citizens of Portugal violence

2011-05-30 19:06

London - Britain said on Monday it had updated its travel advice to Portugal to warn against the risk of violent attacks after a tourist was killed in a suspected gang attack.

Ian Haggath, aged 50, from Dunston in northeast England, was beaten up in the Portuguese town of Faro two weeks ago and died from his injuries on Wednesday.

The foreign ministry in London said it was providing consular assistance and warned Britons of the possibility of attacks.

"We are concerned about the possibility of violent attacks and take this matter very seriously," it said in a statement.

"We have updated our travel advice to warn against the possibility of violent attacks and are in contact with the police and local authorities."