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Last Updated: Monday, 18 August, 2003, 15:18 GMT 16:18 UK
Five holiday reps released
Thomas Battista
Thomas Battista was among the workers released
Five British holiday reps arrested in Faliraki have all been freed, a holiday spokesman said.

The five, who are thought to have been held on suspicion of conducting "guided, illegal trade" pub crawls around the Greek island resort, are believed to have been acquitted of all charges by a court on Monday afternoon.

Club 18-30 spokesman Dave Smithson said he had been informed that the firm's three reps, 24-year-old Derek Celis, Emily Dean, 20, who are both from London, and Claire Hullock, 20, from Leeds, have all now been released without charge.

Mr Smithson said he had been told Sarah-Louise Sharkey, 33, from Penrith in Cumbria, and Thomas Battista, 31, from Birmingham, had also been released.

Sexual excess

He said Mr Battista, who works for First Choice Holidays, and Ms Sharkey, a rep for Olympic Holidays, were arrested last Thursday and the three Club 18-30 reps were held on Sunday night.

A spokeswoman for First Choice Holidays said: "Mr Battista's papers were all in order and he was released today (Monday)."

Faliraki at night
Young British holidaymakers are attracted to Faliraki's lively nightlife
Olympic Holidays spokesman, Kratimos Pyliotis, also confirmed that Ms Sharkey had been released.

Police on the island claim the pub tours can lead to violence and sexual excess and appear to be taking action over rowdy British holidaymakers.

The move follows warnings from the authorities on Rhodes about the antics of British tourists and holiday reps.

The Mayor of Faliraki is reported to have ordered the clamp down on the bar tours following the death of Irish teenager Paddy Doran last week.

A 21-year-old man from Merseyside has been charged in connection with the death of the 17-year-old who lived in Peterborough.


First Choice Holidays said Mr Battista, who works for the operator's 2wentys Holidays brand, was questioned by police about the activities of tourists in his care.

A 33-year-old woman, Sarah-Louise Sharkey, from Penrith in Cumbria, was also arrested while supervising a bar crawl.

Ms Sharkey, who works for Olympic Holidays, has lived in Greece for 12 years.

She was arrested while in the resort with a group of about 40 holidaymakers and other travel reps.

Her father Peter, who lives in Penrith, said he has spoken to her since her arrest and says she has been provided with legal representation by her employers.

Mr Pyliotis said: "She has all our support and has done absolutely nothing wrong.

"She was simply with a group of holidaymakers taking part in safe and organised activities that have been going on for years."

The Greek authorities claim the bar tours are illegal as businesses allegedly offer holiday reps commission for encouraging holidaymakers to enter the bars and buy drinks.

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