A carefully worded warning posted on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's website drawing the attention of British tourists coming to Majorca this summer to an apparent increase in date rapes and sexual assaults in Calvia was yesterday challenged by Calvia Council.
The warning, which has since been removed, was part of the FCO's new Know before you go campaign set up to provide British tourists with as much helpful information as possible about as many global destinations as possible before they depart on holiday.
In June and July this year, it is understood that the British Consulate in Palma dealt with five rape cases, two more than during the same period last year - hence the warning was posted over the summer.
Calvia Council and the Calvia Local Police however issued a communique yesterday stating that, according to the Local Police figures, they have handled four rapes cases this summer, slightly lower than the summer average of six rapes (since 2002.)
Sources at the British Embassy in Madrid explained we do not want to be alarmist, but this is the kind of information people ask for frequently in Great Britain. Especially insurance companies so they know what to expect when they are providing insurance cover for someone. The source added that the objective of such warnings and travel advice tips is so that Britons do not completely let their guard down when on trips overseas.