A number of Irish and British tourists have been fined and given suspended prison sentences in Portugal after they were caught playing bingo for prizes.

The 28 holidaymakers were found to be in breach of the country's strict laws against gambling, despite prizes of nothing more than biscuits and drinks on offer.

The owners of the bar in Albufeira where the game took place were given similar sentences.

The Sun newspaper reported that two plain-clothed police officers infiltrated the bingo-playing group after staking out the pub for weeks.

They waited until the prizes were handed out before carrying out the arrests.

A number of people who were not playing bingo were arrested for "observing a crime".