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More Britons getting into trouble abroad

An increased number of Britons needed consular assistance abroad last year.

The number of deaths, rapes and lost or stolen passports all rose in 2011-12 compared with 2010-11, the Foreign Office said.

Last year about 10 Britons a day were admitted to hospital, with such cases rising 132 per cent in Majorca over the past two years and 40 per cent in Ibiza.

The Foreign Office said common reasons for hospital admission included car accidents, pedestrian accidents, balcony incidents and heart attacks. Deaths of Britons abroad rose from 5,972 in 2010-11 to 6,237 in 2011-12.