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Internet stalker and hotel room voyeur has been arrested A 28-year-old man believed to have lured five minors to hotel rooms in his native Naoussa as well as in Athens and Thessaloniki filmed them in sexual poses and uploaded the footage onto the Internet has been arrested, police said yesterday. The unnamed man was arrested after a 13-year-old girl informed her parents about «strange proposals» she had received in an Internet chat room. Police caught the 28-year-old when he turned up at a Naoussa hotel to meet the girl. BEST SHOT Watchdog tells Athens radio station to shut down because of bad language The National Council for Radio and Television (ESR) decided yesterday to order the closure of music station Best 92.6 because of «continued low-quality programming and use of vulgar expressions,» which had attracted complaints. The unusually strict ruling related to four programs between 1 and 2 p.m. in July and August. The station continued broadcasting yesterday and said the decision was an act of censorship. GRENADES FOUND Dumped explosives date to WWII A large number of grenades found yesterday in a deserted area of the coastal suburb of Vari date to World War II, police explosives experts said after examining them. The grenades, which were found to be inactive, were discovered by a passer-by, who alerted the police to the discovery. ‘Rapist’ caught A 55-year-old man was yesterday due to face a prosecutor on charges of rape brought against him by a 13-year-old girl, police in Attica said. According to the girl’s testimony, the man forcibly bundled her into his car before driving her to a remote spot in Attica where he raped her. Gas gunslinger Authorities were yesterday looking for the owner of a gas station in Nea Halkidona, near Thessaloniki, after he allegedly shot at two truckdrivers who had asked him for water, police said. The incident happened on Monday morning when the two truckers pulled into the station looking for water for the radiator of one of the lorries. The men became embroiled in an argument with the owner, who at shot them with a pistol, injuring one driver slightly, before driving off. Railway works Train services between Diakopto and Kalavryta in the Peloponnese are to be suspended indefinitely from next Monday as maintenance works gets under way on the bridges along the route, the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) said yesterday. Passengers who have bought tickets for next week onward will be refunded, OSE said. Hospital clash A doctors’ protest outside Hania hospital on Crete yesterday provoked the ire of citizens with appointments insisting to be seen. The doctors were protesting the non-payment of three months’ wages, which they say totals 180,000 euros. Some of the prospective patients tried to force their way into the hospital and verbally abused the protesting doctors. Search continues Rescue teams continued to search for a 37-year-old man yesterday who was reported missing on Saturday morning in the Mount Athos area. Authorities said the weather conditions in the area were good as a Super Puma rescue helicopter and coast guard teams from Athens continued to comb the area in search of the man who had gone on a fishing expedition. Heart transplant A 38-year-old woman yesterday appeared to be recovering well from a heart transplant operation that was conducted last week, the 44th operation of its type at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center. Doctors said the woman’s twin sister had also successfully undergone the same operation a year earlier as she had been suffering from the same heart problem. Fire threat A man doused himself with petrol and threatened to set himself on fire at a land registry office in Athens yesterday after being informed of the compulsory expropriation of his property. Police arrested the 35-year-old Gypsy after firefighters intervened by soaking him with water.