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Arrested reps keep their jobs
Thomas Battista
Thomas Battista will take a holiday before resuming his work as a rep
The five British holiday reps arrested on the Greek island resort of Faliraki as part of an apparent crackdown on rowdy behaviour are to keep their jobs.

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.

It is believed the five faced charges relating to the alleged supervision of illegal pub crawls around the Greek island resort.

A spokeswoman for Club 18-30, where Mr Celis, Ms Dean and Ms Hullock are all employed, said the reps would continue to work "as normal".

'Well-earned break'

She said: "As far as we're concerned the matter is closed. The fact that they were released supports our belief that they were doing nothing illegal.

"As far as we are concerned there is an urgent need for a meeting to resolve this.

"A priority is to work together to identify a solution to the problem.

We have not been doing anything untoward or wrong
Olympic Holidays spokesman

"But that solution is not arresting tour operating staff whose supervision of events helps maintain control," she added.

A spokeswoman for First Choice, who employ Mr Battista, said he would also be continuing in his job after a short holiday.

She said: "He is relieved and delighted that the ordeal is over and is now taking a well-earned break."

Meanwhile, Ms Sharkey's employers Olympic Holidays said tour operators in Faliraki will be holding a meeting with local authorities on Wednesday to talk about how best to defuse the situation.

Faliraki at night
Young British holidaymakers are attracted to Faliraki's lively nightlife
A spokesman said: "If anything needs to be amended, changed or fine-tuned that will take place.

"We have not been doing anything untoward or wrong, but we welcome any guidance by the local authorities.

"If they feel there should be something done we will take it on board and adjust our policy."

He added: "We welcome a better police presence. In any event let's see what the local authorities have to say."

The holidays firms' comments come as a British tourist was warned he faces a year in a Greek jail for dropping his trousers while on holiday in Faliraki.

The Foreign Office confirmed that 20-year-old Matthew Maloney, from south Wales, had been arrested and appeared in court on the island on Monday evening.

The BBC's Louisa Baldini
"The Foreign Office says local customs must be respected"

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