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Scottish tourists drugged, stripped, attacked and dumped miles apart after night out in Benidorm

A couple were drugged, stripped and abducted before being dumped miles apart on a night out in Spain.

Scottish tourists Lucie and Scott Armstrong came round wearing only their underwear, separated from each other and miles from their rented villa near Benidorm.

Terrified Lucie, a college lecturer, was unable to find some of the clothes which were removed during the horrific attack.

The tourists, who also lost hundreds of euros, separately found their way back to the villa and raised the alarm.

They were rushed to hospital where they were given treatment and blood samples were taken.

Lucie took photos of her injuries, including scratches on her thighs and what appears to be a footprint on her lower back.

Both Lucie and Scott spent several hours being interviewed by Spanish police following last month’s ordeal.

The case is understood to have been referred to court but Lucie said little ­information has been forthcoming from Spanish police.

She is trying to find out the results of ­toxicology tests which will ­confirm if the ­couple had been spiked and, if so, what drugs were used.

Lucie and Scott had travelled with their boys, aged five and seven, and Scott’s mum to the resort.

Map showing the distance between the Carrer Atena apartments and the Western Saloon bar
The Villa Los Olivos apartments

The group, from ­Coatbridge, had booked a property at Villa Los Olivos, just outside Benidorm, from June 13 to 20.

Scott’s mum agreed to look after the boys on the evening of June 18 to allow Scott and Lucie to have a night out.

The couple went to the Western Saloon bar, a venue popular with ­tourists in the centre of Benidorm, where they believe they were spiked.

Lucie, 29, said: “Our villa was nice – in a gated community a 20-minute drive from the centre of Benidorm.

“We went for a night out as the ­holiday was ­coming to an end.

“We arrived at the Western Saloon about 7.40pm as a music night was due to begin at 8pm.

“Over the course of the next few hours, until about 11pm, we had a few drinks. I had about four vodkas with lemonade and Scott about four pints. Later on, two English women sat next to us. We spoke to them a little.

“They put their drinks on our table next to ours. One said she was from Manchester. She seemed nice enough and showed me videos on her phone.

“They had the same drinks as us – a clear spirit and a pint. At one point she joked about hiding Scott’s drink.

“My last memory is about 11pm. I remember quite clearly speaking to another group of English girls who were on a birthday trip. The next thing I remember is ­climbing over walls north of Benidorm in the general ­vicinity of where we were staying.

“I managed to find our villa and my mother-in-law answered the door. It was about 3am and I was wearing only my underwear.”

Lucie managed to regain her ­bearings a few miles east of the villa. Scott was a similar distance to the west. He made it back at about 6am.

Lucie said: “I had fingerprints on my arms and thighs and a footprint on my lower back.

“I believe that ­someone kicked me over. We called police about 6am and an ­ambulance was sent.”

Scott, 29, a plasterer, said: “After the bar, my next memory is of being in the middle of a building site wearing only my shorts.

“The evening at the bar was fine – and then our recollection is blank.

“I managed to recognise the area where I have my next memory and managed to get back to the villa.

Scratches on Lucie’s knees
Bruising on Lucie’s back
Lucie shows fingerprint bruises

“It was a dreadful experience. It leaves you with many questions over what exactly happened.”

Scott and Lucie were taken to ­hospital where medics examined them and sent for a forensic doctor who deals with crime victims.

Lucie said: “A female nurse gave me a thorough examination. They took blood samples from myself and Scott.

“We were told to go to Benidorm police station. We had been up all night. My interview eventually began at 3.30pm and took until 8pm.

“Their initial focus was on a ­suspicion of insurance fraud on our part, although they eventually said we did not fit the profile. Scott’s interview lasted into the night and the police said the matter would be reported to the court. We eventually got to sleep about 1am.

“We flew home the next night, June 20, as planned and I was instructed to make an emergency appointment with my GP the next day.

“I was worried about HIV ­infection and wanted post-exposure ­medication as soon as possible.”

Lucie was told it had to be taken within 72 hours. She said: “I was referred to a rape crisis centre but didn’t fit their criteria and so eventually had to present myself at Monklands AE.

“I got my first tablets an hour before it would have been ineffective. I was given a 28-day course, hepatitis ­injections, blood tests and antibiotics.”

Lucie is waiting for information from Spanish authorities and the British consulate on what happens next.

She took a call from Spain on June 21 informing her that a concierge in a complex near her villa had found her bag and shorts in a garden.

Lucie said: “Our experience has been utterly horrendous. I want people to be aware, to keep an eye on drinks and to be warned about what can happen.

“I am aware of other cases which have affected British tourists. I’ve never had an alcohol blackout in my life and am in no doubt we were targeted.

“We lost a couple of hundred euros as well as my bag, our clothes and other possessions but the questions over what drugs were used and the ­ sexual element is far worse.”

She also has concerns about the investigation.

Britain’s ­vice-consul Elizabeth Bell told Lucie by email that local police indicated there was “no ­indication any inquiries were being made ­regarding CCTV” and that a lawyer might be needed “to request that the police investigate the matter”.

Lucie said: “The first thing the police should do is ­collect CCTV.”

The Western Saloon is a popular tourist bar in Benidorm

She was also told that the blood samples had been taken to Barcelona for analysis but that the results will only be made available by the court.

Gabrielle Cowell, manager of the Hotel Ambassador complex, which includes the Western Saloon, said the venue had not been approached by police for CCTV footage but would comply if requested.

She added: “We are very concerned about these accusations.”

A Foreign Office spokesman told the Sunday Mail: “Our staff are assisting two British people following an incident in Spain. We are in contact with the local hospital and courts.”

Spain’s National Police confirmed that a formal complaint had been lodged and that Scott and Lucie had given a statement to officers.

The case is understood to have been marked for ­preliminary investigations at court in Benidorm.

We told this month how Liz Dowling was drugged and robbed while on holiday in Benidorm earlier this year when a thief spiked her drink, knocked her to the ground and took her bag.

Police in Benidorm are also probing the mystery death of Scots newlywed Kirsty Maxwell, who fell to her death from a balcony at Hotel Presidente.

Her husband Adam, 27, and Kirsty’s family flew to Spain last week to issue flyers and ask witnesses who were at the hotel when she died to get in touch.

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