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Faliraki 'bare breasts' girl released
Jemma-Anne Gunning
Jemma-Anne Gunning was jailed for flashing her breasts
A teenage girl who was facing a jail sentence on a Greek island after being accused of baring her breasts, has been released.

Jemma-Anne Gunning is believed to have taken part in a "Beautiful Bottom" competition in the resort of Faliraki when police raided the club during a crackdown on "inappropriate behaviour".

At a court appearance on Tuesday, Ms Gunning was ordered to pay a fine of 2,500 euros (1,750) or spend the next eight months in jail, according to reports.

The 18-year-old from Frome was released after her mother, Sarah Brake, flew to the island from Heathrow Airport on Tuesday night and paid the fine.

The authorities want to demonstrate they are cracking down: they have done that now and need to back off a little bit
Keith Betton
Association of British Travel Agents

She is believed to be returning to the UK and is expected back in Somerset on Friday.

Her brother, Jamie Brake, said: "She is doing ok. She is in a hotel and a bit shaken up, but ok".

Keith Betton, from the Association of British Travel Agents, told the BBC: "I think the Greek authorities have been heavy handed. A girl has done something naive and faced jail for eight months - it's incredible and over the top.

"The authorities want to demonstrate they are cracking down: they have done that now and need to back off a little bit."

Her arrest followed that of 20-year-old Matthew Maloney from South Wales, arrested for dropping his trousers in the resort after a night out drinking.

He was saved a year in a Greek jail after his family stumped up 2,000 to pay his fine and secure his release.

Clamp down

On Tuesday Ms Brake said her daughter, who has just finished a degree in media studies, was a sensible girl who had been made a scapegoat.

"She is very distressed and very upset. She can't believe what is happening," she told the BBC on Tuesday.

The resort of Faliraki has become synonymous with loutish British tourists.

The Mayor of Faliraki is reported to have ordered the clamp down on organised bar crawls following the death of Irish teenager Paddy Doran, who died after being stabbed with a broken bottle last week.

Investigation

Since then five holiday reps from England have been arrested for encouraging illegal pub crawls but later released.

Derek Celis, 24, and 20-year-old Emily Dean, who are both from London, Claire Hullock, 20, from Leeds, Sarah-Louise Sharkey, 33, from Penrith in Cumbria, and 31-year-old Thomas Battista, from Birmingham, were all acquitted in court on Monday.

Their employers have said they will keep their jobs.

Earlier this month, 29-year-old Matthew Benney died after being hit by a bin truck in the resort.

Greek authorities are investigating claims that Mr Benney may have run under the truck for a bet.




SEE ALSO:
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19 Aug 03  |  West Midlands
Life in Faliraki
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Five holiday reps released
18 Aug 03  |  West Midlands
Man charged over Faliraki death
14 Aug 03  |  Cambridgeshire


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