Blackpool cops’ Rhodes mission

A team of British police experts on seaside resort hell-raisers is to visit Rhodes over the weekend to confer with local officials on handling drunken tourists from the UK, the Public Order Ministry confirmed yesterday. A ministry announcement said three British officers would be on the Dodecanese island from Saturday to next Monday «in order to exchange views and expertise with Greek police officers on addressing problems arising from the excessive consumption of alcohol, mostly by young people.» The visiting officers were responsible for a program at the northern English resort of Blackpool to crack down on rowdy, alcohol-fueled holidaymakers. This follows a series of incidents this summer – ranging from exhibitionism to murder – that involved inebriated Britons. Most took place at the seaside pub strip of Faliraki on Rhodes, a favorite destination among young British tourists. Yesterday, two UK nationals were convicted for seven months for publicly baring their buttocks in Faliraki – a sentence they can buy off for 920 euros.