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AIR DISPLAY

Red Arrows to hold 30-minute show today at Palaio Faliron Britain’s Red Arrows, an air force aerobatics team, return to Athens today and are scheduled to display their skills in the sky over Palaio Faliron at 5.30 p.m. in a 30-minute show. The 10 participating pilots will be headed by Dicky Patounas, whose father’s family comes from the island of Rhodes. Last year’s show was watched by more than 80,000 people who crowded along the beach area. Glyfada-bound traffic in the area will be blocked for two hours, as of 4 p.m., due to the air show. FAN SENTENCED AEK supporter handed jail sentence and 600-euro fine for riot on ship An AEK soccer fan was handed a two-year-and-eight-month jail sentence along with a 600-euro fine yesterday for vandalizing a ferry that transported supporters back to Athens from last month’s cup final in Crete. The fan, who was not named, was imprisoned as he did not have the 30,000 euros required to pay off his sentence. Three other supporters are scheduled to face charges over the 150,000 euros in damage caused to the ship that transported some 700 AEK fans. PREFECT NOMINEES Vrilissia mayor placed on ballot New Democracy has selected Argyris Dinopoulos, the mayor of Vrilissia, in northern Athens, as its candidate to be the next Athens-Piraeus prefect. The nomination was confirmed by conservative party secretary Lefteris Zagoritis yesterday. ND also nominated City of Athens council member Fotini Pipili for the position of Athens prefect and Poros Mayor Spyros Spyridonas as Piraeus prefect. Local elections are due to take place in October. Elevator thief A 20-year-old Egyptian, believed to have mugged 14 women in as many days after cornering them in apartment block elevators, has been arrested, police in Athens said yesterday. The man allegedly loitered outside blocks in Omonia, Aghios Panteleimonas and Patissia waiting for women whom he would follow into the elevator and rob of their money, jewelry and mobile phones. On certain occasions, the man fondled his victims, according to police, who also arrested a 20-year-old Greek man for allegedly receiving stolen goods. Floating docs Almost a year after they first unveiled the proposal, Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis and Deputy Health Minister Thanassis Yiannopoulos confirmed yesterday in a joint ministerial decision that a doctor would be placed on any ferry traveling a distance greater than 120 nautical miles. Among the ferry routes affected by this measure are those from Attica to Crete, Chios, Lesvos, Samos, Icaria, Kythera and the Cycladic Islands. Islanders and frequent users of the ferry network had been pressing for such a move for several decades. Horse rescue The Hellenic Equestrian Federation (EOI) said yesterday that it had offered to adopt four horses that were abandoned on the Greek-Albanian border so they will not be put down by authorities in northern Greece. The federation said it had written to the prosecutor in Florina and Agricultural Development Minister Evangelos Bassiakos to ask that the horses be allowed to live, even though the law dictates that they be put down for health reasons. EOI said that as long as the horses were healthy, it would pay for them to be transported to a riding club in northern Greece. Violent streak Police in Athens said yesterday that they had arrested a man believed to have injured at least six people with a gun or knife during arguments over the last few months. The suspect, a 30-year-old Albanian national, was arrested in Markopoulo, east of Athens, after 76 kilos of cannabis and a revolver were found in his car. The unnamed man has also been linked to a break-in at a Kypseli clothing store during which 15,000 euros’ worth of goods were stolen. Road deaths The number of people killed in road accidents in March reached 110, the National Statistics Service (NSS) said yesterday, down 6 percent from the same period a year earlier. Additionally, 143 people were injured seriously in March in a total of 1,204 car accidents across the country.