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Brit tourists urged to avoid Mexico for winter holidays
BRIT tourists are being warned about visiting Mexico for their winter breaks amid spiralling violence in the country.

The idyllic sunshine getaway is in the grip of a crime wave which is sweeping the most popular tourist resorts leading to the Foreign Office to issue a dire warning.

s well as gang violence including shootings on beaches and nightclubs, tourists are being advised to be wary of dodgy alcohol, sexual assaults, fake cops, bus robberies, carjackings and kidnappings.

The situation has got so bad the US State Department has also put out a warning.

There are now armed federal officers patrolling the beaches and hotel districts across the popular Quintana Roo province which includes Brit favourites Cancun and Riveria Maya.

Tourists risk facing violent street robbers and attackers.

Official UK advice is to “be alert to the existence of serious violent crime like robbery, assault and vehicle hijacking”.

Brits are also being warned about the potential for mass food poisoning outbreaks after tainted food and water poo bug Cyclospora struck down Brits three years in a row.

Last night leading international travel expert Nick Harris of Simpson Millar solicitors said he has been inundated with holidaymakers concerned about trips to Mexico.

Nick blasted: “People are quite rightly very worried. Many of them just want to cancel as they are so scared.

“These sort of government warnings are not taken lightly but they are also based on what is happening on the ground.

“Winter tourists are walking bang into the middle of a violent gang war to control the streets.

“They could be victims at any time.

“Even going to the cash-point you need to have your wits about you as there are robbers around.

Mexico in particular the Cancun and Riveria Maya resorts, have become big hits with Brits over the last few years.

Tour operators like TUI have been pushing them as “safe destinations” as Brits steer clear of countries like France amid terror fears.

But with the new found popularity comes the dark underbelly and violence as gangs battle to control the lucrative tourist drugs trade.

As well as citing shootings in a nightclub earlier this year in Playa Del Carmen their have since been dozens of killings in the resort of Cancun including a vendor on a tourist beach as shocked guests sunbathed.

Two people were also shot in a packed shopping centre car park in September while a severed head was left on a busy street near a bank.

Over 129 killings have been registered in Quintana Roo province up until September including over 13 in one month.The Director of Tourism for Cozumel and Riviera Maya tourist board said special operations have been in place since August, adding: “The presence of Federal and local forces is continuing.

“They focus on tourists zones and their presence is permanent.”

Tourists also need to be wary of hailing an Uber taxi as local cab companies are involved in a campaign of intimidation with the ride app.

This has already seen drivers attacked and others run off the road and attacked with baseball bats.

Nick added: “Any holiday could turn into a nightmare in the blink of an eye. if you do get into any type of trouble contact the local embassy for help.”
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