POLICE on the Algarve are probing the alleged rape of a British holidaymaker by an Irish tourist.
Officers were called to a hotel in Portimao in the early hours of the morning after the 30-year-old woman started banging on doors next to the room she claims to have been targeted in, screaming she had been forced to have sex.
The drama is said to have unfolded as the Irishman’s uncle returned to the hotel after a night out and went to let himself into the room he was sharing with his younger relative.
Portuguese daily Correio de Manha said she was in tears when officers arrived but could not remember how she got to the hotel, in Portimao’s Tres Castelos beach area, because she had been drinking heavily.
The unnamed Irish tourist, who is also 30, reportedly told detectives they had consensual sex after she agreed to go back to his hotel with him from a bar in Praia da Rocha near Portimao.
Police were mobilised around 3.30am last Friday, but details of the ongoing investigation only emerged today.
The incident is being probed by Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria force.
It was not immediately clear if any arrests have taken place.
In June, a 23-year-old British holidaymaker was arrested after allegedly raping a 17-year-old tourist in the street after they left a bar in the famous Strip area of Albufeira, which is near Oura Beach and is known for its vibrant nightlife.
Two police officers were injured as they tried to stop him after a chase.
In April police in Albufeira arrested a barman on suspicion of raping a British holidaymaker.
The 19-year-old tourist told detectives she was forced to have sex at a nightspot in the Algarve resort after having her drink spiked.
The unnamed 28-year-old Portuguese barman was released on bail pending an ongoing criminal investigation after appearing before a judge in a closed court hearing.
He was told he must sign on regularly at court as part of his bail conditions.
It was not yet clear if the court investigation has been concluded.
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