In a story published on an Irish news website, a couple visiting Albufeira claim to have been forced into a car at gunpoint by three men on the notorious strip, robbed of all their money and kept as hostages for almost an hour.

With the dramatic headline: “They were going to shoot me and sell my fiancée as a sex slave”, the account however is garbled.

As one reader of the online account on thejournal.ie remarked: “I’ve read it about five times and it makes less sense each time”.