HOLIDAYMAKERS who become victims of crime may have to brush up on their pidgin Spanish this summer.
It comes after the National Police slashed its translation services in Spain.
In the highly controversial move, police stations around Spain have been told not to use translators during the summer tourism season.
Part of an ongoing series of cost-cutting measures, foreigners reporting crimes will now need to rely on the language skills of the officer on duty.
There will continue to be officers who serve as translators in investigations and in immigration units.