Crete island holiday arrests
Archimedes: July 2011
Crete island holiday arrests.
Four British tourists have been arrested in Crete for passing fake €50 notes, while two more men have been charged with indecent exposure. Four men, all aged about 21, were found using counterfeit notes while on holiday in the popular holiday resort of Malia. They were caught by Heraklion police with a total of nine fake 50 euro notes in their possession. The counterfeit notes were seized by police.
Also on Crete, two male holidaymakers were arrested in Hersonissos, after exposing themselves to passers-by.
The two flashers, aged 24 and 28, have been charged with indecent exposure, resisting police and verbal abuse.
According to police, the two men defied repeated calls by police to stop provoking the public and levelled verbal abuse at the officers. One of them is believed to have punched one of the officers during the arrest.
The arrests come as tourist arrivals at airports in Crete rose significantly. Tourists flying into Heraklion in east Crete rose by more than 15% in the six months to July while in Chania in west Crete there was a 7.8% increase on the same period last year.
Throughout Greece visitors rose by 9.52 percent in the first half of the year, according to provisional figures released on Thursday by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE).