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Corfu hotel's licence suspended
The Shepherd family bungalow in Corfu
The Shepherd family bungalow in Corfu
The Corfu hotel where two children died during a family holiday has had its licence suspended, as a probe into their deaths continues.

Christianne Shepherd, seven, and her brother Robert, six, who were found in their hotel room on the Greek island, died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Their father Neil and his partner, Ruth Beatson, remain in hospital in Corfu.

The Greek tourism minister has ordered the local authorities to suspend the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel's licence.

We will take appropriate action to make sure that this accident does not happen again
A spokeswoman for the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel

A spokeswoman for the minister, Fani Palli Petralia, said the action was "temporary until we have the final results of the research - all the results".

A spokeswoman for the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel said: "Of course, it is a very serious thing that has happened and we can understand the reaction of the Greek authorities.

"We will take appropriate action to make sure that this accident does not happen again."

She added that the last guests left the hotel, in the fishing village of Gouvia, on Tuesday and it was now closed - as the holiday season had ended.

A Thomas Cook spokeswoman said: "As it is now the end of the summer season there is no immediate impact and, until the results of the investigation are released, Thomas Cook will not be able to comment regarding the future."

Air-conditioning question

Mr Shepherd, 38, and Ms Beatson, 27, were found unconscious alongside the children last Thursday.

Mr Shepherd is now conscious but still in the intensive care ward of the General Hospital of Corfu.

Ms Beatson, who has been moved into a regular hospital room, is said to be recovering well.

She has been told about the deaths of Robert and Christianne.

George Chrysikopoulos
Mr Chrysikopoulos denies the hotel was negligent

Police are considering whether a faulty boiler or air-conditioning system could have been to blame for the family being poisoned.

The island's chief of security police, Dimitris Bineris, has visited Ms Beatson and told her that "no stone will be left unturned in the police inquiry".

Mr Bineris said the police investigation was continuing and officers were working closely with British officials.

He also said that toxicology tests would take at least another seven days to be returned from the Greek mainland.

Bodies returned

George Chrysikopoulos, the manager of the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel, its owner and two maintenance staff face possible manslaughter charges over the children's death.

They could be jailed for up to five years if convicted.

The children's mother, Sharon Wood, accompanied the bodies of her children on a flight to Manchester on Monday.

A hearse was expected to take the bodies to West Yorkshire, where the children lived with their mother.




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