Court warning for Red Arrows

An autistic boy in Cyprus has been awarded some 430,000 euros (250,000 Cypriot pounds) in damages after a court ruled that displays by the Red Arrows aerobatics team had caused the child great distress. In a ruling made public on Saturday, the court in Limassol agreed with testimony from experts that the boy had suffered actual bodily harm because the Red Arrow jets regularly flew over his home. The renowned formation team spends several weeks every year training at the RAF base in Akrotiri. The family of Alexandros Costaki sued the Cypriot government for «failure to protect its citizens» as under the law on the island, they could not file a case against a foreign state. The boy’s lawyers argued that the sound of the jets was amplified for the child as he has sensitive hearing.

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