16:22 24 April 2014
BBC golf presenter Alan Tait is lucky to be alive after he was allegedly drugged and then robbed in Costa Del Sol.
According to the 45-year-old golf pro, he was left in “a coma-like” state by an organised gang in a bar in Puerto Banus on Friday.
He claimed that his drink was spiked hours after he arrived in Spain for a three-day golf break alongside his friends. He then woke up in a backstreet with cuts and bruises to his face and head. Police later told him that it was possible he had been slipped horse tranquiliser ketamine and that the incident was not uncommon in the area.
He said: “I’m a 6ft 2in guy who can look after myself. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
“The Spanish police said they hear about this sort of thing all the time – but we rarely hear about it.
“I want people to know this sort of thing is going on before they head out.”
He continued by saying: “The boys last saw me at 10.30pm on Friday. I was talking to some English guys.
“My mates told me that I was there at 10.30pm and gone the next minute. They assumed I’d gone to the toilet or to another bar but wondered why I hadn’t told them.”
Alan assumes he was led away by his abductors. He said: “My last memory is talking to these guys then nothing until waking up in the street at 8.30am.
“I have had a flashback of someone punching the back of my head. I have no idea why – I was obviously so out of it they didn’t need to.
“I woke up disorientated two streets from where we’d been. My shirt was gone and my jeans were ripped.
“I had blood on my face. I’d been in a coma-like state. Stupidly, I’d gone out with 500 euros and £150 in British money, which I should have locked in the room.
“They took it all, my iPhone and a watch my parents gave me for my 40th.”