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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 8:37 am

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/child-snatching-gang-dressed-waiters-caught-5903414
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Post  Freedom on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 8:46 am

Hmmm - very opportune timing. No doubt this will be in all the other tabloids soon. At the moment I can only find mention of it elsewhere in two Scottish papers.
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Post  chirpyinsect on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:17 am

Freedom wrote:Hmmm - very opportune timing. No doubt this will be in all the other tabloids soon. At the moment I can only find mention of it elsewhere in two Scottish papers.
My thoughts precisely Freedom. I don't live that end of the island and afaik there has been nothing on the Cyprus news but as I don't have C TV I am only going on a friend who does and she hasn't seen it.
Denial would be typical of the police here but they were probably thinking of the tourist industry damage.
Will keep my ears and eyes open.
Cyprus has had a lot more crime in latter years after the Troika imposed their bailout conditions on the island meaning jobs dried up. Most crime is theft of property and I think this kind of incident is unprecedented. The Cypriots will be horrified if true as children are extremely revered here.

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Post  chirpyinsect on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:20 am

Here is an article about it from The Cyprus Mail today.
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Police deny ‘attempted abduction’

June 18th, 2015 Cyprus 3 Comments

Police deny ‘attempted abduction’Cyprus





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By Constantinos Psillides

Police on Thursday denied the attempted kidnap of three young children from a Protaras hotel as British newspapers hyped up the story.

Under the headline, Holiday Hell, Scotland’s Daily Record reported that on Tuesday night a gang of three Romanians tried to lure three children into vans. The three children were with their parents at a wedding party at the Anastasia beach hotel.

The daily also reported that the gang were disguised as hotel waiters to blend in and that they had been stalking children for the past week by filming them around the pool and taking pictures.

The report says that their plan was foiled at the last minute by a tourist who saw the three gang members escorting the kids to the van while another was already propped against the wall.

Once realising what was going on, the tourists seized a man and a woman and took them to the hotel’s foyer where they called police. The report says that a second man fled the scene and that the holidaymakers heard a car crash not far from the hotel.

Police deputy spokesperson Nikoletta Tyrimou told the Cyprus Mail that the incident has been blown completely out of proportion.

“We have been receiving calls all day. I do not know how many ways more I can find to say this: It did not happen that way,” stressed Tyrimou, clarifying that police made one not two arrests and that there was no getaway car or people in disguise stalking children.

“Famagusta district police were indeed notified on Tuesday of an incident that took place at the Anastasia Hotel. Upon arriving at the scene, police officers arrested a 19-year-old man from Bulgaria who holidaymakers said had been filming their children and was trying to abduct them.

“We questioned the suspect, went through his phone and also searched his home. Nothing we found suggests that he is part of a child-abducting gang or that he was stalking children. He has since been released while police take statements from all those present at the scene. The investigation is still ongoing but I assure you that it did not happen the way it was reported in the press,” she said.

A press officer from holiday operator Thomas Cook told the Cyprus Mail that the company offered to move all holidaymakers who requested to a different hotel.













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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:25 am

Snipped from Chirpy's post.

"...but I assure you that it did not happen the way it was reported in the press"

Sounds about right.

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Post  Freedom on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:27 am

Perish the thought that the media might have had an agenda for running this non-story now.

I still think that it will turn up in other tabloids despite the police rebuttal.
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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:28 am

Freedom wrote:Perish the thought that the media might have had an agenda for running this non-story now.

I still think that it will turn up in other tabloids despite the police rebuttal.

Desmond has it covered in his rag..
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Post  Freedom on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:32 am

Oh dear, he should know better than to give people ideas with stories like this.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/585294/Gang-child-smugglers-dress-up-waiters-try-snatch-British-children-Cyprus-hotel-resort

It's now popping up all over Facebook too.
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Post  chirpyinsect on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 1:44 pm

According to JeanMonroe officers from OG are preparing to fly out Cyprus to investigate this. She quotes ITV news. Anyone confirm.
Prepare your list of questions and I will pop over and grab Ms Wall for an update.

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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 1:51 pm

Not looked to see what JM has written but probably tongue in cheek like most stuff she writes.

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The Foreign Office has described the apparent attempted abduction of British children at a holiday resort in Cyprus as "concerning".

In a statement to ITV News, a spokesperson said:
Our consular officers provided advice and support to the family involved following this concerning incident.

This is now a matter for the local police who are investigating.


Snipped from Sky News:

But speaking to Sky News, a spokesperson for the hotel, which is used by Thomas Cook, said the incident had been "exaggerated" - and insisted no attempted abduction took place.
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Post  chirpyinsect on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 2:04 pm

Agreed Andrew. Probably meant as a joke but it looks like she is quoting ITV. I am having serious thoughts that this is a well timed stunt. Call me cynical.
So unfair too. Cyprus depends on tourism to a huge degree and something like this could ruin it for years to come. I find it very strange that the DR were on hand so quickly. 
There is no reason for them to be over here over this kind of incident. It is not as if the plan succeeded.  ( thankfully)
Another example of implanting fear into parents?

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Post  chirpyinsect on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 3:19 pm

This is taken from the Famagusta Parents Network Face Book page.
False reports of Attempted Abduction in Protaras –



Concerning the reports of attempted abduction in Protaras, this is an official statement from the Cyprus Police.

The initial reports, shared so quickly across social media by well meaning people are in reality so damaging to the area and Cyprus tourism so PLEASE help us spread the word to stop the damage……

Many news reports have come out about the alleged incident but they are all conflicting and the incident did not happen.

Reports that tourists were moved to ‘nearby hotel in Paphos’ by Thomas Cook had not been made officially by the company. (and Paphos is as far away from Pernera as is possible whilst remaining in Cyprus)

Bad news travels faster than good, but please help us to debunk this story and share the fact that this story has been blown out of all proportion.



The facts that are known is that a someone who was not a member of the family or a guest of the hotel was apprehended for taking photographs on his mobile ‘phone, which was examined by police. No inappropriate imagery was discovered.





(translated Greek text below)

Concerning foreign media reports concerning allegedly attempted abduction of children in tourist area of the province of Famagusta, we inform the public, that this does not apply.


The incident took place as follows: On 16 June, 2015, tourists who were in event hotel in the province of Famagusta, considered that 19-year-old, filming with his cell phone underage children.

The stage was called and went where the police located the 19-year-old. With his consent became control on his cell phone. The phone was found a video of a dance band adults, which was dancing in the event of the hotel. Then became the home of 19-year-old, which is also not spotted anything untoward.

Of the deposits taken by both the 19-year-old, and by the tenants of the hotel, don’t suggest something
untoward.

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/06/18/police-deny-attempted-abduction/
- See more at: http://www.famagustaparentsnetwork.com/false-news-reports-of-attempted-abduction-in-protaras/#sthash.2iBecsvf.dpuf

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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 3:22 pm

You can't help but think it was a McMate coming out with this due to the timing etc.
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Post  Freedom on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 4:54 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1504348/police-cover-up-plot-to-kidnap-british-kids

Oh dear, it's dodgy foreign police officers covering things up again.
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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 7:16 pm

Just like a McStory. Changing all the time


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cyprus-hotel-child-abduction-hero-5908077
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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 7:31 pm

Not sure where to put this so here will do.

http://m.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Private-eye-jailed-using-false-hide-sleazy-past/story-26723167-detail/story.html
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Post  chirpyinsect on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 7:42 pm

There is a bit of history surrounding this hotel. Some months back there was a near riot at the hotel when a young dog was found at the bottom of a crusher for rubbish. I won't reproduce the article as  it will upset some of you but will give a link. Don't look if you are easily upset.
Tourists were outraged because staff of the hotel were implicated in the dreadful treatment of the poor dog. Tsokkos Hotels were totally uninterested until a huge hue and cry ensued.
It lead to calls for animal cruelty to be dealt with more robustly by the courts.Billy's Law.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689987/Expat-Britons-storm-Cyprus-hotel-staff-kill-stray-seven-month-old-puppy-waste-crusher.html
Could be a set up for revenge against Tsokkos. Could be the police and hotel are down playing it or it could be someone pressed the panic button without checking the facts.

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And here it is folks.......Maddie snatch horror - Daily Star front page

Post  Admin on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 9:53 pm

My my what a surprise!!!!!!!!


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Post  Freedom on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 9:54 pm

The Mail as well.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3129270/Romanian-child-snatchers-caught-trying-kidnap-British-children-Cyprus-hotel-luring-cars-disguised-waiters.html
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Post  Guest on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 9:56 pm

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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:02 pm

Threads merged as now on Daily Star front page and moved here.

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Post  Andrew on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:04 pm

Predictable and rubbish.

Pink fingers piped up.

I would hazard an educated bet that if no wayback stuff was being talked about, then we wouldn't be seeing this.

Imo etc.
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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:11 pm

The Mirror too...


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Post  dogs don't lie on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:24 pm

Some are having brown underwear symptoms and desperately trying to switch focus.
Of course they had to get Madeleine on the front pages again, anyway possible.
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Post  Guest on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:27 pm

Some wag on Twitter is wondering how much Bell's have been paid again.

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