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Man dies in Greece ruin cave-in
The Akrotiri site on the Greek resort island of Santorini (file image)
Work began on building the protective roof in 2000
A British man died when a metal roof shielding an archaeological site on a Greek island collapsed.

Richard Binnion, who was from Wrexham, was crushed when the protective canopy on the ancient site of Akrotiri, on the island of Santorini, caved in.

Six people were injured in the incident which took place on Friday. Rescuers freed two people trapped underneath.

The Greek culture ministry is reported to have closed the 3,700-year-old site after the accident.

Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis said an investigation will be launched to determine what caused the roof to collapse.

A police spokeswoman in Santorini said the man who died was 45 and had been on holiday with his wife, who was also British.

The Foreign Office confirmed that Mr Binnion came from Wrexham in north Wales.

Construction on the steel canopy, which measured up to 1,000 sq m (10,700 sq ft), began in 2000.

Mr Tatoulis said he had been assured that visitors could still tour the site while the roof - intended to protect the ruins of the prehistoric city - was being built.





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