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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby Cap » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:30 pm

Get Real! wrote:Now they've turned Irish! :lol:

http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfa ... us-9480729


That depends if they're Celtic supporters. :lol:
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby RichardB » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:31 pm

Get Real! wrote:KOT is now considering tomorrow’s headlines:

"Salmonella found in breakfast served in major London hotels"

According to undisclosed sources, a major luncheon meat supplier to top hotels in London was found to…


You get the drift… let the war begin! :lol:


Is that what is known as "spamming" the media...
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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:32 pm

Get Real! wrote:I think it was pretty dumb of the Police to park so many patrol cars right in front of the hotel sign.

Now there’ll be unsightly pictures of an incident floating on the Internet forever!

That’s one way to put a hotel out of business…


Perhaps the hotel should sue Thomas Cook and some of these newspapers.
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby RichardB » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:34 pm

Cap wrote:
Get Real! wrote:Now they've turned Irish! :lol:

http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfa ... us-9480729


That depends if they're Celtic supporters. :lol:


www.belfastlive has some of the holiday makers rrelocated to a hotel in' Pathos',
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby CBBB » Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:33 am

RichardB wrote:http://www.belfastlive has some of the holiday makers rrelocated to a hotel in' Pathos',


That's paphetic!
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:27 pm

The British media reporting on the alleged attempted kidnapping of three youngsters at a Protaras hotel, “has been completely blown out of proportion and it’s all wrong,” an eyewitness has said.
The tourist, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Cyprus Mail that while he wasn’t part of the wedding party that was taking place at the Anastasia hotel at the time, he witnessed what happened firsthand.
“At some point we heard a large commotion and screams. Somebody attacked a young man yelling “paedophile, paedophile” and then suddenly a group of around 50 people were chasing him.
We joined them and chased two people to the front desk, a man and a woman.
Police came and took the young man in custody – a 19-year-old Bulgarian — but let the woman go because it turned out that she had nothing to do with the incident and that she just happened to be there.
That’s what really happened, nothing more,” said the holidaymaker, adding that he was appalled after reading news reports on the story.
British media reported that a gang of three persons –two men and one woman, all Romanians- were filming their kids and trying to lure them away to a pick-up truck and that their attempt was foiled at the last minute by a passerby.
The reports said that the man and the woman were dragged by the holidaymakers to the reception where police were notified.
The third gang member left in a getaway car which crashed a short while after leaving the hotel.
It was also reported that the gang was 18-person strong and that the Romanians where stalking children throughout the week posing as hotel waiters.
“They said that child snatchers were posing as hotel staff. That’s completely ridiculous, I have no idea where they got that from,” the holidaymaker said.
“I also noticed that some have been connecting this incident to the Madeleine case. That is both wrong and disrespectful,” stressed the holidaymaker, referring to the famous case of then three-year old Madeleine McCann who disappeared from her room while holidaying with her family in a holiday resort in Portugal in 2007.
Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told the Cyprus Mail that the parents of the 19-year old Bulgarian that was arrested are employed by the company that owns Anastasia Beach hotel, Tsokkos Hotels.
The 19-year old apparently spent a lot of time in the hotel, frequenting the pool area.
The source said that on the 19-year-old’s phone, police found four pictures, none of which depicted children.
“They were pictures of a hotel show. We went through the suspect’s phone, we searched his house thoroughly and found absolutely nothing to suggest that he was a paedophile, a kidnapper or that he was part of a gang.”
Police have repeatedly rejected claims of child abduction.
The government also entered the fray, rejecting the reports as “unnecessary and unsubstantiated.”
“The government wishes to emphatically stress that Cyprus was and remains one of the safest tourist destinations worldwide, both for locals and foreign visitors and their children,” Papadopoulos said.


http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/06/19/child ... and-wrong/

Who do you believe? Cyprus does not need this kind of publicity, that’s for sure.
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby CBBB » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:31 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:
The British media reporting on the alleged attempted kidnapping of three youngsters at a Protaras hotel, “has been completely blown out of proportion and it’s all wrong,” an eyewitness has said.
The tourist, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Cyprus Mail that while he wasn’t part of the wedding party that was taking place at the Anastasia hotel at the time, he witnessed what happened firsthand.
“At some point we heard a large commotion and screams. Somebody attacked a young man yelling “paedophile, paedophile” and then suddenly a group of around 50 people were chasing him.
We joined them and chased two people to the front desk, a man and a woman.
Police came and took the young man in custody – a 19-year-old Bulgarian — but let the woman go because it turned out that she had nothing to do with the incident and that she just happened to be there.
That’s what really happened, nothing more,” said the holidaymaker, adding that he was appalled after reading news reports on the story.
British media reported that a gang of three persons –two men and one woman, all Romanians- were filming their kids and trying to lure them away to a pick-up truck and that their attempt was foiled at the last minute by a passerby.
The reports said that the man and the woman were dragged by the holidaymakers to the reception where police were notified.
The third gang member left in a getaway car which crashed a short while after leaving the hotel.
It was also reported that the gang was 18-person strong and that the Romanians where stalking children throughout the week posing as hotel waiters.
“They said that child snatchers were posing as hotel staff. That’s completely ridiculous, I have no idea where they got that from,” the holidaymaker said.
“I also noticed that some have been connecting this incident to the Madeleine case. That is both wrong and disrespectful,” stressed the holidaymaker, referring to the famous case of then three-year old Madeleine McCann who disappeared from her room while holidaying with her family in a holiday resort in Portugal in 2007.
Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told the Cyprus Mail that the parents of the 19-year old Bulgarian that was arrested are employed by the company that owns Anastasia Beach hotel, Tsokkos Hotels.
The 19-year old apparently spent a lot of time in the hotel, frequenting the pool area.
The source said that on the 19-year-old’s phone, police found four pictures, none of which depicted children.
“They were pictures of a hotel show. We went through the suspect’s phone, we searched his house thoroughly and found absolutely nothing to suggest that he was a paedophile, a kidnapper or that he was part of a gang.”
Police have repeatedly rejected claims of child abduction.
The government also entered the fray, rejecting the reports as “unnecessary and unsubstantiated.”
“The government wishes to emphatically stress that Cyprus was and remains one of the safest tourist destinations worldwide, both for locals and foreign visitors and their children,” Papadopoulos said.


http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/06/19/child ... and-wrong/

Who do you believe? Cyprus does not need this kind of publicity, that’s for sure.


Tim, have a look at the latest Daily Mirror article where the person that allegedly stopped the kidnapping says he was speculating what was going to happen.
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:03 pm

It is really sad how the press have handled this situation. At one extreme it looks like deliberate well orchestrated hysteria to hurt the image of Cyprus. Even 'Loose Women' got in on the act. :roll:

Overall, I would say it reflects badly on the average British holiday maker who is invariably drunk 24/7 and famously ignores his kids. Then, they irrationally jump to conclusions as soon as they spot any foreigner near their neglected or straying kids. Part of this is due to the constant advertising for the missing Maddy (bless her, sad, but again, parents drinking and neglecting their kids) making everyone think child abductions only happen abroad.

Oh dear, why can't these Brits be more .... erm....brainy.
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:19 pm

This is worth posting as the official statements seem to have been COMPLETELY ignored by the malicious British press and TV:

Cyprus Government - Full Statement on alleged abduction attempt

The Police, acting immediately, located the unknown man, who, as it was proven, is a 19-year old of Bulgarian background, and who was arrested.

CYPRUS - FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE•Friday, 19 June, 2015

"Therefore, the Government of Cyprus believes that the noise that was caused in British Mass Media is unnecessary and without any foundation."

This is the full text from the Cyprus Deputy Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos regarding stories of an alleged attempted child abduction at a hotel in Protaras:

With regard to the unnecessary noise that was caused in the United Kingdom about a supposed gang activity for the abduction of children, the Government wishes, in order to set the record straight, to state the following:

British tourists who were staying in a hotel in Protaras reported to the Police that an unknown man was photographing with a mobile phone and approached their children.

The Police, acting immediately, located the unknown man, who, as it was proven, is a 19-year old of Bulgarian background, and who was arrested.

The arrested man was questioned and his mobile phone was confiscated on which nothing blameworthy was found. Subsequently, his residence was also searched thoroughly, and where, again, nothing suspicious or blameworthy was found with regard to the specific case or with other offenses of a similar nature.

Then a Police detachment went to the hotel, where it took depositions from the British parents that reported the case as well as from their children, and again, without finding anything reprehensible or blameworthy.

Therefore, the Government of Cyprus believes that the noise that was caused in British Mass Media is unnecessary and without any foundation.

The Government wishes to stress emphatically that Cyprus was and remains one of the safest tourist destinations in the world both for the locals as well as for the foreign visitors and their children.

The Government also wishes to point out that the Cypriot Police has excellent training and expertise with regard to the protection of minors, something that renders the country even safer


http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-gov ... 600-69.htm
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Re: Thomas Cook Moves Holidaymakers After Suspected Traffick

Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:11 am

...there you have it,

Madeline:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ca ... te-5910601

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 30989.html

...but what about the seven cars damaged in the kidnapper's getaway? "evidence" which somehow has magically disappeared.
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