Cyprus Mail

Fight between farmer and tourists over off-road vehicles

Three people were injured and hospitalised after a fight between tourists and farmers in the Paphos district on Sunday.

The incident occurred around 4.30pm when 20 people travelling in 10 off-road vehicles in a rural area were approached by a 54-year-old farmer and his 23-year-old employee.

The farmer allegedly shouted at the people who had parked their vehicles, complaining that they were causing damage.

He is also said to have hit one of them on the hand with a stick.

The man and his employee reportedly threw stones at the vehicles, damaging two of them.

The farmer then allegedly drove his car into one of the vehicles, injuring the driver’s pelvis and leg.

The 23-year-old is accused of throwing a stone at one of the drivers, hitting his head.

The injured man, in an attempted to get away, collided with a parked tractor and his vehicle overturned.

Both the driver and his passenger were taken to Paphos general hospital where they were treated for various injuries.

The 74-year-old father of the farmer who was at the scene was also taken to hospital as a precaution. He sustained bruises to his chest which he said were from being hit by members of the group.

Police arrested the farmer and his employee.