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UK: New Law For Medical Visits

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

In an attempt to discourage abuse of the medical system, the British government has announced plans to require migrants and international tourists to pay for any medical attention received in the country. The new law includes emergency medical services and minor surgeries performed in physicians’ offices. The plan, which will be formally announced in March, [read more]

United Kingdom: Officials Crack Down on Drug Tourism

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials are cracking down on drug tourism in southwestern England. Not often thought of as a major drug-related or wild party destination, the UK has created a taskforce to address a growing issue of illicit drug sales in Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall, and Dorset. The crime unit Zephyr recently seized nearly [read more]

United Kingdom: Canadian Does Jail Time for Selling Two Olympic Tickets

Date: July 31st, 2012 | No Comments

An Olympic tourist from Canada spent two days in a London jail cell for attempting to sell his unwanted tennis tickets on the street. Police arrested the 38-year-old man on July 28, a Saturday, and since his case could not be heard until Monday, he spent two of his 10 vacation days in custody. In [read more]

United Kingdom: Gang Fight Ends in Fatal Stabbing Near Olympic Park

Date: July 2nd, 2012 | No Comments

A local man was stabbed to death in a gang fight just yards from the Olympic Park, in London’s busy Westfield Stratford shopping mall. Concerned shoppers alerted police to the brawl, which occurred in the late afternoon on the ground floor of the retail complex. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene and hospitalized [read more]

United Kingdom: Police Blow Up Tourist’s Car, Then Issue Ticket

Date: June 20th, 2012 | No Comments

A tourist from Newcastle had just arrived in London when his car broke down near Parliament Square. Deciding to go for a walk and do some sightseeing while he waited for help to arrive, the man left a note on his vehicle to explain the situation and asked police not to ticket him. When he [read more]

UK: Romanain Gypsies Target Shoppers in London

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Holiday shoppers in London’s West End are increasingly becoming targets of harassment by Romanian gypsies begging for money. Last summer, Westminster City Council officials evicted the Roma from a camp and helped pay for some to return to Romania, but they have come back and shoppers are complaining about aggressive begging. Many of the gypsies [read more]

United Kingdom: Beatles Tours Annoy Liverpool Locals

Date: September 4th, 2012 | No Comments

Annoyed by an increasing barrage of tour buses and taxi cabs, Liverpool residents are demanding that authorities clamp down on Beatles tours that bring hundreds of tourists to their homes and streets at all hours of the day and night. Since the city’s successful bid for more tourism in 2008, dozens of tour operators now [read more]

United Kingdom: Olympic Tourist Crush May Drain ATMs Dry

Date: July 25th, 2012 | No Comments

An additional one million people are expected to descend on the busy capital through August 12 for the Olympic Games, which may overload the city’s ATM networks. As demonstrated during a recent holiday period, London’s cash machines could malfunction or run out of money, leaving visitors without funds in the notoriously expensive city. Local taxi [read more]

United Kingdom: Tourists Fleeced by Phony Cops in London

Date: June 27th, 2012 | No Comments

While contending with rumors of terrorist plots and fraudulent ticket sales, visitors planning to attend the 2012 Olympics in London are now being warned of a new street scam. Scotland Yard reports that crooks impersonating undercover officers are stopping tourists on the street and extracting “fines” for false offenses, such as littering or not having [read more]

United Kingdom: Olympic Torch Forced to Detour Protest

Date: June 6th, 2012 | No Comments

The traditional procession of the Olympic torch—ironically, a symbol of peace and diplomacy—was diverted from its course due to an anti-police demonstration in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. After a brief detour, the torch continued its passage, a relay that will cover all parts of the United Kingdom in a 10-week, 8,000-mile loop, culminating at the opening [read more]

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