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Marine police to have permanent presence at Kato Pyrgos

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The Marine Police will permanently station a boat at the Kato Pyrgos fishing reserve in order to monitor the coastline for people-smuggling, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Costas Michaelides, the community leader of Kato Pyrgos, welcomed the move, saying it satisfied locals’ demands for a permanent marine police presence.

A Marine Police vessel will henceforth be based at and operate out of the Kato Pyrgos fishing reserve.

In this way, Michaelides said, traffickers can be caught in the act and before they can bring migrants ashore.

The local community leader had been calling for offshore police patrols after two groups of Syrian migrants, likely sailing out of Turkey, arrived in the Tyllyria area within the space of a week.

According to Michaelides, both groups of Syrians had disembarked at approximately the same spot.

Earlier, and prior to the discovery of the second group of migrants, the justice minister – responsible for the police – had said there was no need for a police patrol boat to be stationed at Kato Pyrgos, since the boat could operate out of Latsi.

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