UK pair deported after jail sentence for indecent behaviour replaced by £200 fine

The British couple convicted of having sex on a Dubai beach have been freed after winning an appeal.

Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors were allowed to return to the UK after their three-month prison sentence for offending public decency was suspended.

Jumeirah Beach
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The couple were arrested after behaving indecently on Jumeirah Beach

An appeal court in Dubai fined the pair 1,000 dirham (£200) and deported them, according to Acors' solicitor in London.

Palmer and Acors were arrested on 5 July for indecent behaviour on Jumeirah Beach after meeting at a champagne brunch in a five-star hotel.

Their case has raised awareness of strict public decency rules in a country that has become a major hotspot for UK construction workers and holidaymakers.

More than 230 Britons were arrested for drunkenness in the region last year.