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Attempted abductions of British children in Cyprus

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AnyoneForTennis Fri 19-Jun-15 00:10:04

Just read it on sky news but it wasn't a top news story

Anastacia Beach Hotel. Sounds very scary if true. Thank goodness someone was vigilant and stopped it. But a cover up by police? Weird

AnyoneForTennis Fri 19-Jun-15 08:27:11

Just in case anyone is going on hol there!

lordsandladies Fri 19-Jun-15 08:31:31

Just read it. Sounds like mass hysteria bollocks to me!

AssembleTheMinions Fri 19-Jun-15 08:35:35

A load of old pony if you ask me.

Typical British media hysterics as usual.

Yamahaha Fri 19-Jun-15 08:41:55

It does seem urban myth trope to me. Let me guess, they were about to shave the children's heads?

namech4nger Fri 19-Jun-15 09:19:41

I actually think it's true. I think it's strange they keep going on about a 19 year old who was arrested found innocent and let go....that's fine I belive that. .. but what about the other 3 people that were taking the children out of the hotel...why have they not been located and arrested. ..why are they not getting mentioned in more detail. Cyprus is known for trafficking and not having any resources to tackle the problem so turn a blind eye.

WorraLiberty Fri 19-Jun-15 09:22:29

I saw it on breakfast TV.

My gut feeling for some reason is that I don't really believe it.

I believe something happened, but I can't quite believe one guy snatched a little boy, another guy snatched 2 little girls and that there were other members of this gang roaming the resort.

It does sound a bit like Chinese whispers/mass hysteria.

GoodToesNotSoGoodToes Fri 19-Jun-15 09:25:41

They allowed guests move to another hotel so something must be at the root of it.

Heels99 Fri 19-Jun-15 09:26:39


AnyoneForTennis Fri 19-Jun-15 09:45:29

I think the 'cover up' but by police is suspect. It's a tourist area so I think it will be played down..... Whatever 'it' is.... They need holidaymakers there and Prob don't want the Portugal/Praia de Luz effect

Damnautocorrect Fri 19-Jun-15 09:46:34

It's all very strange isn't it. Some have gone home, some moved. I wouldn't stay if it's true. Apparently one was an ex employee and the others were dressed as waiters.
I can understand the hotel attitude but the police also saying it's fine.

popalot Fri 19-Jun-15 09:51:04

It made me think of when I lived abroad there was a sort of urban myth about children who were found in the local supermarket toilet with a romanian woman having their blonde heads shaved/coloured. This story reared it's head every year or so. I have no idea whether the original story was true or not, but I took it with a large pinch of salt every time I heard it again like it had just happened and treated it like an urban myth. There was a lot of fear of romanian gypsies kidnapping children that might have been born out of xenophobia. I wonder if this is a similar thing.

lordsandladies Fri 19-Jun-15 10:00:15

pop I've heard the exact same story about a tesco near us confused hmm

I don't believe there has to be truth in it for people to be moved. Get enough of a mob together believing some crap and the operator would take action to keep the peace even if it was based on rumour and Chinese whispers.

AnyoneForTennis Fri 19-Jun-15 10:02:37

It's mainly Thomas Cook holidaymakers.

AssembleTheMinions Fri 19-Jun-15 10:05:18

A man said he lost sight of his two year old last year and after searching for 40 minutes, saw her with an Eastern Europe woman who said she saw her wandering around on her own. Now this sounds far more plausible to me, surely if the woman was kidnapping the child they would be far far away in 40 mins and not still in the hotel?

AnyoneForTennis Fri 19-Jun-15 14:02:12

Well why didn't the woman take her to reception or raise the alarm?

AuntieStella Fri 19-Jun-15 14:09:00

Perhaps she'd only just spotted he was alone?

The version I heard in the news about the current 'incident' is that no attempted abduction had taken place. So perhaps a similar lost child confusion and panic?

JoyceDivision Fri 19-Jun-15 20:57:34

Have you listened to the father ion the radio being interviewed?

He is bloody amazing and gave me goosebumps.. he was describing what activity wasmaking him and other holiday makers suspicious, and when teh interviewer asked him if he could be mistaking things he replied 'I was in the army for 12 years and we were trained to spot abnormal activity. This was abnormal. This is what we were trained to spot..' He was bloody fab. He knew there was something odd and could use his careerand instinctstomake a measured judgement.

Nishky Fri 19-Jun-15 21:00:42

I read they were in the pool. Whilst dressed as waiters presumably. Which would have made them easier to spot.

Icimoi Fri 19-Jun-15 22:16:18

The reports I've seen strongly suggest this is dimply a case of mass hysteria.

lordsandladies Fri 19-Jun-15 22:20:13

Nope read more and still think without way more detail from someone who actually SAW it its bullshit.

DoughDoe Fri 19-Jun-15 23:59:33

My first thought was to avoid Bulgaria to keep away from British chavs

DoughDoe Sat 20-Jun-15 00:00:11

Bulgaria? I mean Cyprus.

Although I'm sure Bulgaria is just as bad

GoodToesNotSoGoodToes Sat 20-Jun-15 00:03:37


DoughDoe Sat 20-Jun-15 00:09:42

Yeah chavs. People that go on holiday to a foreign country and accuse locals of looking at them funny and having nasty foreign food.

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