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UK officers meet Faliraki police
Inspector John Donnelly (left) and Superintendent Andy Rhodes
Insp Donnelly and Supt Rhodes visited the resort's Bar Street
Two police officers from Blackpool have met with Greek authorities in Faliraki to discuss ways of tackling unruly behaviour in the resort.

Superintendent Andy Rhodes and Inspector John Donnelly arrived on the Greek island of Rhodes over the weekend.

Lancashire police says the visit was a "great success" and hope it will lead to strong ties between Lancashire Police and Greek officers.

The British officers said better CCTV, cutting back on drink promotions and better training for doormen could all help cut back on violence and lewdness in the resort.

The pair had been greeted by Faliraki's chief of police, Captain Themis Kalamtas, before walking along Bar Street, which is popular with young drinkers.

The officers were called in to liaise with police after an initiative launched in Blackpool earlier this year to tackle drunken behaviour, proved successful.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said Saturday's meeting had been a real success.
The message we want to give to British tourists is to go out and have fun but don't go over the top
Superintendent Andy Rhodes
Lancashire Police

"We have met with Rhodes police officers and the mayor of Faliraki and discussed the issues we both face," she said.

"It's proved a real success."

Mr Rhodes had previously said that they were not going to the island to "teach the Greeks how to do their job."

He said: "We have a lot of common ground.

"There's a very strong stance being taken here and the penalties being given out for these offences are sending out a strong message.

CCTV plan

"That is what we are trying to do in Blackpool with Operation Nightsafe.

"The message we want to give to British tourists is to go out and have fun but don't go over the top.

"We are hoping to form strong ties with the Greek police."

The visit follows complaints by Greek officers of continuous drunk and disorderly behaviour among some young British holidaymakers.
Faliraki
The officers hope to build links with the Greek police

The resort has attracted a great deal of negative publicity recently, with at least three British tourists forced to pay large fines to avoid jail.

They include Jemma-Anne Gunning, 18, from Frome, Somerset, who was accused of baring her breasts.

She had to pay a fine of 1,750 or spend eight months in jail.

On 12 August, 17-year-old Paddy Doran, was stabbed to death in Faliraki.

His funeral is due to be held in his home town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, on Monday.

Peter Navarro, 21, of Leasowe, Wirral, has appeared before a court in Greece accused of manslaughter.


SEE ALSO:
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Life in Faliraki
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