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TWO 20-year-old Latvians were yesterday remanded in police custody for seven days by a Larnaca court after they were found trying to steal money from a local ATM machine using forged credit cards.

The duo were recorded on the bank's closed circuit camera. During their arrest 76 forged credit cards were found in their possession as well as e1/42,000 and two computers.

According to reports, the pair had managed to steal e1/43,750 from the ATM.

The two suspects are believed to have used a total of 19 forged credit cards at various ATMs in Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos and to have secured a total e1/47,000.

Cop suspended

A 27-year-old police constable was yesterday suspended from active duty following evidence that he had been involved in the violent brawl outside Limassol General Hospital's emergency room during the early hours of Sunday.

According to reports, the off-duty officer had been called to the club where the fight first broke out before moving outside the hospital by a relative who was in one of the dueling groups.

Police chief Iacovos Papacostas yesterday ordered the constable's suspension. He will be investigated for disciplinary and criminal charges.

The constable's father was also arrested in connection with the incident as was a 24-year-old friend.

Water removed

A BATCH of Saint Nicholas natural mineral water was yesterday removed from the market after samples tested positive for bacteria, the Health Services said.

The specific batch number is L14408 and involves plastic 1.5 litre bottles of water with a use by date 30/08/2009.

According to the Health Services, the water contained traces of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, deeming it unsuitable for public consumption.

Producers of the water, KEO Ltd has already been informed about the bad batch and the company yesterday confirmed it had started recalling it from the market. The specific batch had only been distributed in Nicosia and Limassol, the company said.

Consumers already in possession of any of the water were advised not to drink it. The company said it would refund anyone who returned bottles.

Russians held after kidnap claim

TWO RUSSIANS were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and robbing a 30-year-old Russian holidaymaker, reports said yesterday.

The 30-year-old, who arrived in Cyprus on August 23, had been staying with a Russian family when an argument broke out between her and a 27-year-old woman who was putting her up.

Two men, a Georgian and the Russian suspect, then allegedly took the 30-year-old to Yermasoyia dam where they demanded she pay them e1/43,000 or face the consequences. The victim did as they asked and was then taken back to the Russian man's home and kept under lock and key. On Monday she managed to escape and reported her ordeal to police.

The two Russians have been arrested. They are denying all charges. Police are still looking for the Georgian man.

Deputy Theocharous in hospital

DISY deputy Eleni Theocharous was yesterday in Limassol hospital recuperating from a gastric bleed brought on by a small ulcer, her doctors said.

Her condition is stable. Theocharous, who was admitted to the hospital's surgical ward on Monday night after complaining of feeling weak, was yesterday surrounded by friends and family.

Her doctor, Stavros Stavrou, said the DISY deputy was being treated for gastrorrhagia and that she would remain in hospital for a few more days so that she could rest. All the necessary tests were being carried out and she was being treated conservatively, he said.

Stavrou added that it was common for someone with a stressful lifestyle and busy schedule like Theocharous to have a small ulcer.

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