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Cyprus in brief August 11.

Thieves caught after just 40 minutes

Just forty minutes after a robbery took place at a kiosk in Limassol in the early morning hours of Monday, three suspects were arrested by police and admitted to the accusations made against them. They were taken before the Limassol District Courts which called for their 8 day retention.

''At 2.45 in the morning, the three men entered the kiosk on Vasileos Pavlos Street, immobilized the 40 year old woman who worked there while she was completing the sales register of the day, took money from the cash register and disappeared'', said Andreas Kousioumis, Head of Police in Limassol.

The police was notified immediately and at 3.25 policemen stopped a car on Misiaouli and Kavazoglou Street, to find three men matching the description of the thieves. The men were taken to police headquarters for questioning where they admitted to the accusations.

''During the interrogation, one of the men admitted to his involvement in the robbery which took place on Thursday evening at another kiosk on Makarios Avenue in Limassol, during which two thieves attacked the kiosk owner by spraying harmful substances on his face, and then took 1300 euros from the cash register and fled'', added Kousioumis.

The three suspects were taken before the Limassol District Courts which ordered for an 8 day retention. The Head of Police in Limassol mentioned that higher measures of police protection will be taken because we are at the peak of the summer holidays, when most robberies take place.

One dead, two seriously injured in spate of road accidents

A SPATE of traffic accidents across Larnaca on Sunday have left one person dead and two seriously injured.

A 30-year-old tow-truck driver Nicos Antoniou, from Larnaca, was killed after being hit by a passing bus on the Ayia Napa road. According to Larnaca Press News Agency, Antoniou survived a serious motorcycle accident a few years ago, in which he had been critically injured.

In another accident in the Aradippou farming area, 23 year-old Ishan Bigumand from Sri Lanka was seriously injured when the pick-up truck he was driving over-turned. He is in a critical condition at Larnaca General Hospital.

The third incident involved 54 year-old Spiros Kyrianou from Larnaca. He was seriously injured when a motorbike swerved in front of him, causing him to collide with an electricity pole.

The police have announced that extra road safety measures will be taken over the bank holiday weekend.

Arson in Napa

AN ARSON attack completely destroyed a car belonging to 40 year-old Giorgos Karkotis, a pub owner from Ayia Napa. The incident occurred in Ayia Napa a little before 11pm on Sunday. The deputy commander of the Crime Prevention Unit, Paris Paraskevas, said "the car was parked at the owner's home on Nissi Avenue. However, the perpetrators stole it from the parking place and took it to an open area away from the house, where they set fire to it."

The fire brigade arrived on the scene but despite their efforts "the car was completely destroyed, with damages in the region of e1/48,000."

According to a police spokesman it is suspected that financial differences were behind the attack. Karkotis has told the police that he does not have a suspect in mind. He will make a statement next week when he returns from abroad.

A spokesman for the Ayia Napa Fire Brigade, Panikos Nicollli, said the fire was clearly set with "malicious intent"

Drugs found in Paphos

THE DRUG Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) in Paphos is investigating a case of import and possession of drugs, with the aim of supplying them to others. The DLEU and the police searched an apartment complex in the Paphos district yesterday.

An envelope was discovered containing 21 grams of white powder, believed to be cocaine, and a set of weighing scales with traces of the white powder.

A legal warrant was also issued to search the home of a 42 year old man who was considered suspicious. Despite a lengthy search, nothing illegal was discovered. The 42 year old issued a statement confirming that nothing incriminating was found in his home.

Beaches for the disabled

FIVE BEACHES in the districts of Famagusta and Limassol have wheelchair access, the Paraplegics Organisation said yesterday.

The Organisation said it wished to remind physically disabled individuals, who used wheelchairs to get around, and their families that certain beaches were equipped with specialised equipment to allow easy access to the sea.

These beaches were Fig Tree Bay and Yianna Marie in Protaras, Ayia Thekla beach in Ayia Napa, Aktis Olympion (Olympia Beach) in Limassol and the CTO's Dasoudi beach in Yermasoyia in the Limassol district.

The Organisation said all five beaches were fitted with a special wheelchair ramp and a plastic walkway which ran straight down to the water. The equipment was purchased by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and given away free to specific municipalities, it said. The designated area was adjacent to each beach's lifeguard post, the Organisation added.

Baby dies after battling for life

The baby boy, who almost drowned on Friday morning at a beach near the village of Kissonerga, lost the battle for life on Sunday after twelve noon.

At first the baby was thought to have no chances of survival after being brought to the hospital with no vital signs and no pulse, but miraculous efforts by the doctors at Paphos General Hospital revived him and he was transferred to Nicosia General Hospital where he was thought to be recovering until Sunday, when life finally failed him.

Although doctors were beginning to seem hopeful for the recovery of the baby, at around twelve noon on Sunday he began to show signs of organ deficiency and not even fifteen minutes later he suffered heart failure.

Vandalism of Larnaca Cemetery

Vandals broke into Agios Georgios Kontou cemetery in Larnaca on Sunday night, causing extensive damage to a hearse and spray-painting unintelligible slogans on the inner walls of the garden. Larnaca police reported how the windscreen and doors of the hearse had been damaged, while slogans and symbols alluding to "black magic" had been sprayed on a water depositary among the graves. Officers from the Small Crimes Unit of Larnaca Police arrived at the scene on Monday, and are conducting ongoing investigations to identify the perpetrators.

Joker lucky winner

A CYPRIOT man was this weekend's Joker jackpot winner after he scooped e1/41.5 million in Sunday night's draw.

The unnamed man's numbers came up after he submitted his winning ballot at a Limassol betting shop. The numbers were 4, 5, 11, 22 and 36. The Joker was number 20.

There were 21 winners in the second category, 19 of who were in Cyprus, each winning e1/48,459.18. In the third category there were 21 winners, six of who were in Cyprus, each winning e1/42,500.

Meanwhile 191 Cypriots won e1/450, 3,993 Cypriots e1/42 and 5,826 won e1/41.50.

The next Joker draw is this Thursday with a jackpot of e1/4600,000.

New blood appeal

BLOOD banks across the island yesterday appealed to the public to donate blood in light of the August summer break.

The shortage of blood supplies at district hospitals was sure to cause of problems for thalassaemia patients and patients with other chronic conditions, said blood bank head Zoe Sidera.

Already Nicosia hospital's blood supply was running low, while concerns had been raised regarding the increasing shortage at other hospitals.

The blood bank said the problem was its regular blood donors took annual leave during the month of August therefore blood donor drives were impossible to organise in the two weeks prior to and after August 15.

Donors could give blood daily from Monday to Friday from 7am to 8pm. The blood bank operated on Saturdays from 7am to 1.30pm.

Paphos hospital break-in

THIEVES broke into Paphos general hospital on Sunday night and stole duty doctors' private belongings including their wallets, identity cards, mobile phones and bags, police said yesterday.

The assailants managed to enter a room used by Accident and Emergency duty doctors' through an open window from the outside sometime between 11pm and midnight. Police believe this was how they had managed to get past the private security guards posted outside the hospital's main entrance and to steal the items unnoticed.

Investigators said they had received a tip-off that two youngsters had been spotted fleeing the scene on a motorbike. By yesterday evening police were no closer to making any arrests. The head of the Accident and Emergency department appealed to the assailants to at least return the medics' identity cards and personal documents.

Fire breaks out in Cyprus Airways Storehouses and Offices

A short circuit caused a fire to break out in the offices and storage spaces of Cyprus Airways in Nicosia. According to Kyriakos Kyriakou, representative of Cyprus Airways, damages could be worth up to 150 000 euros.

''This is definitely very bad news for us, because the fire caused the complete destruction of all of the stock we had in uniforms for our personnel'', Kyriakou said. The worth of all the uniforms comes to an estimate of 110 000 euros, but there were also stationery, office equipment and other accessories stored there which will probably amount to 150 000 euros.

''The storage space which was burnt was a space where we stored all of the uniforms of our personnel, whether they were ground staff or air staff, pilots, flight attendants, even mechanics and workers from our catering department'', explained Kyriakou.

''All of the Cyprus Airways personnel has some of their uniforms kept at home, but the imminent shortage of uniforms is bound to cause problems very soon. We will have a meeting today to discuss how the problem will be dealt with'', was Kyriakou's final statement.

Toddler in ladder fall

A TWO-AND-A-HALF year old boy fell from an outside ladder of the first floor of a building in Paphos and was rushed to Paphos general hospital with serious head injuries. He was then transferred to Nicosia general hospital where his condition remains critical.


The Sunday Mail reported on August 9 titled 'Bad Fish' that anchovies imported from Japan contained high levels of histamines. This fish was in fact the product of Spain.

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Date:Aug 11, 2009
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