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Three charged for illegal digging at ancient site

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The three people who were arrested in connection with unauthorised digging at an archaeological site in Kouklia, Paphos were charged and released on Monday afternoon after an investigation by the antiquities department concluded they had not stolen anything from the site.

A 37-year-old man was arrested on Saturday, a 34-year-old man on Sunday and a 47-year-old resident of a Paphos village on Monday morning in connection with the incident.

The 37-year-old man, who reportedly works for the government, was arrested after his car was spotted on Saturday night outside a site in Kouklia where the antiquities department was carrying out excavations. Police had gone to the site after a tip off that three people had been seen there.

Officers did not find anyone at the site but found the car of the 37-year-old parked there. Various items found inside the vehicle were seized and sent for scientific testing.

The site was inspected by officials of the antiquities department on Sunday and they are believed to have found an ancient tomb in the area of the excavation.

 

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