Figures cover a specific period between April 2011 and March 2012 when the FCO handled 6,015 arrest cases involving British nationals. This figure has increased from 5,700 from the previous year. Specifically drug arrests have increased by 2% with the FCO handling 816 cases over the same period.
The full list of statistics will be provided in the British Behaviour Abroad report which will be issued next month. This shows that Brits are more likely to be arrested in Spain and the US as there was a 9% increase in arrests last year. Most of these arrests have been fuelled by alcohol particularly in popular holiday resorts such as the Canary Islands, mainland Spain, the Balearics, Malta and Cyprus. Around half of the total arrests involved Brits under the age of 34.
Minister of State for Consular Affairs, Jeremy Browne, said: "It is important that people understand that taking risks abroad can land them on the wrong side of the law. The punishments can be very severe, with tougher prison conditions than in the UK. Whilst we will work hard to try and ensure the safety of British nationals abroad, we cannot interfere in another country's legal system.”
So the word on the street is, the next time you’re on holiday, avoid trouble unless you fancy getting on the wrong side of the law and seeing the inside of a jail cell!