Travellers are clueless on foreign laws

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NEW figures from the Foreign Office reveal that nearly a third of Yorkshire holidaymakers believe they will be prosecuted under UK law if they commit a crime abroad.

And 64 per cent of the region’s travellers make no effort to find out the laws of the country they are visiting before they go on holiday.

The data also shows that almost a quarter of Yorkshire people know someone who has taken illegal drugs while abroad.

Minister for Europe, David Lidington, said: “We work hard to warn British nationals about the consequences of breaking the law abroad. 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.”

Last year saw 5,700 arrests of British nationals overseas, a drop of 10 per cent from the year before, and drug arrests have fallen by 20 per cent. Visit www.fco.gov.uk/travel for advice before you go away.