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A BRITISH Consulate employee from Knowle has starred in a Channel 4 documentary looking at the life-saving role they play in helping holidaymakers in distress.

Sharon Hodges, Vice Consul in Ibiza for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has seen it all since she started her position at the world’s ‘party island’ in 2006.

Sharon Hodges, Vice Consul in Ibiza for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has seen it all since she started her position at the world’s ‘party island’ in 2006.

In the first of the three-part series ‘Our Man In’, aired last night, Sharon and her team deal with British nationals caught up in the Ibiza drug scene.

The episode looks at the new ‘Pink Pill’ drug which results in one young tourist found wandering the backstreets of Ibiza practically naked with amnesia and severe sunburn.

“The young man had been walking the streets for days, eating out of bins,” she said

“Eventually we managed to get in touch with his family and then flew out to get him.

“It was a distressing case for the consulate workers but ended well.”

Sharon and her team of five are responsible for half a million British island visitors every summer and with Ibiza’s party status, the majority of cases are linked with drink and drugs.

“We help the people who are affected by drugs, who can end up in hospital or even die and then you have the opposite, helping the dealers after they’ve been arrested.

“People think anything goes but Spain has a zero tolerance to drugs.

“Your two week holiday could end up being a two year stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure. It’s a harsh reminder that it’s not worth the risk.”

She was hopeful that the programme would educate people about what the consulate can and can’t do and motivate travellers to be more careful.

“We want people to realise that organising a holiday is so much more than just buying a plane ticket.

“Research where you’re going, make sure you have a valid travel insurance and health card and take responsibility for yourself, otherwise that holiday you’ve been saving up for could turn into a nightmare.”

The next episode of ‘Our Man In’ will air on Channel 4 on Thursday at 10pm.

 

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