A British man has been shot dead and his brother injured while holidaying on Venezuelan island of Margarita.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the death of 28 year-old Thomas Ossel from Bedfordshire.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of a British National on Margarita Island in Venezuela on July 18. We are providing consular assistance for the family.”

Mr Ossel and his 21-year-old brother were staying in a hotel called Posada Casa Rosa, according to a Venezuelan news website.

Local reports said police believe that gunmen were trying to rob the pair, and opened fire when they resisted.

FCO travel advice warns that street crime in Venezuela is high, and that armed muggings and “express kidnappings” – opportunistic abductions to extort money from someone – are regular occurrences.

It says that resistance to robberies has resulted in people being shot dead.