Police at Paphos airport arrested a total of three people who were found to be in possession of forged passports on Thursday.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) on Friday, Paphos police’s assistant operations director Michalis Nikolaou said that at around 1.30pm a 27-year-old man and his 25-year-old wife presented themselves at passport control on the departures side of the airport.

Both had tickets to Sofia, and both presented Syrian passports. However, after they successfully entered the departure lounge, suspicions were raised by police.

A subsequent search found that both were also in possession of forged British passports and tickets to Dublin.

At the same time, a 25-year-old man presented himself to passport control on the departures side of the airport with a ticket to Sofia and a Syrian passport.

With suspicions already having been raised, police discovered that he was in possession of a fake Dutch passport and a ticket to Dublin.

All three were arrested, with the two men currently being held in custody, and the woman having been charged in writing as she has a child. They are all expected to appear in court on Friday.