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Police arrest youths for rioting (Updated)

 

Police in Famagusta arrested five youths in connection with rioting and car arson early on New Year’s Day.

They were remanded for four days on Wednesday.

Officers responded to a public disturbance call just after midnight Tuesday in Xylophagou, where youths had assembled with their cars.

At the appearance of the police, the youths started throwing stones at them, damaging police vehicles.

Police arrested two 15-year-old males on suspicion of taking part in the incident. Officers later arrested three more individuals, aged 21 and 16, in connection with car theft and arson.

The car had been stolen at around 11pm on Monday while parked outside the home of its 27-year-old owner. It was taken while he was unloading stuff and had left the keys on the ignition, police said.

It was found burning some four hours later at the location where the youths had assembled earlier on Tuesday. The vehicle, estimated to be worth around €500, was destroyed.

 

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