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Three remanded after series of muggings

THREE Romanian men were remanded in custody for eight days yesterday in connection with a series of muggings in Paphos.

According to police, a British couple on holiday reported that while walking in the Chlorakas area on Wednesday night they were attacked by three unknown people who stole a handbag from the wife’s arm containing a phone, £100 and glasses.

A similar incident was reported the same night at around midnight by two Ukrainian women. The two, while walking on the Apostolos Pavlou Avenue in Paphos, were attacked by two young men who took the one woman’s bag, containing a camera and €70 in cash.

Following the two muggings, police were put on alert and soon after stopped a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Romanian man based in Limassol, police said.

Four mobile phones and two pairs of sunglasses were found in the car. The 22-year-old could not give a satisfactory explanation as to where he found the items.

According to police, the 22-year-old allegedly confessed to the crimes during questioning and gave the names of two associates, also Romanians who live in Limassol.

The 22-year-old also allegedly confessed to his involvement in a robbery in the Chlorakas coastal area on June 21.

His two alleged associates were found yesterday and arrested in connection with the case.

All three were taken to Paphos district court and remanded for eight days.

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