QUESTIONS are being asked about visitor safety in Barcelona after a high ranking member of a South Korean government delegation died after a mugging in the city last week.
The unnamed female 65 year old was walking on Calle Taulat in the Poble Nou area when a motorcyclist tried to snatch her handbag. In the ensuing scuffle she fell and hit her head, losing consciousness. She was taken to hospital but died three days later from her injuries.
The victim was part of a delegation from South Korea’s Tourism Ministry on an official visit to the Catalan capital. There have been concerns recently that wealthy tourists, in particular, are increasingly becoming a target in Barcelona and in the first quarter of this year violent robberies rose by 28% and overall crime by 17%. Many visitors do not realise that away from the tourist hubs parts of the city are far from safe, especially after dark.