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Teenager on school trip from Italy swept into deep waters by wave An 18-year-old male secondary school student on a school trip from Italy drowned in the Perdika region, near Igoumenitsa in northwestern Greece, on Wednesday. The unnamed teenager had gone for a swim at a beach near the hotel where he was staying with his schoolmates despite rough seas. Authorities said the student was a good swimmer but was swept into deep water by a large wave. His body was found about an hour later after a rescue operation was launched involving a helicopter and the coast guard. The students cut short their trip and returned to Italy yesterday morning. POLICE ATTACKED Suspects threaten officers with gun after being caught with heroin An Albanian man, aged 34, is believed to have pulled a gun on police and threatened to shoot them in an attempt to escape after being found in possession of more than 3 kilos of heroin, authorities said yesterday. The man, along with a 31-year-old woman from Albania, were stopped at the Larissis train station, central Athens, after being under surveillance by the drugs squad. Police said they managed to disarm and arrest the two suspects. Another 10 kilos of a heroin-like powder was found in their possession which police are identifying. WIFE KILLER Suspect given time for defense A 39-year-old ethnic Greek from Russia was yesterday granted an extension to prepare his defense after an investigating magistrate lodged charges against him for the murder of his 36-year-old wife. The 39-year-old allegedly admitted to killing his wife with whom he had recently been arguing frequently. The wife’s body was discovered by her relatives yesterday morning in the couple’s home in Thessaloniki’s Lagada district. She had bruises on her face and scratches around her neck, police said. Dangerous cables Costas Theodoridis, the mayor of Polichni, the district of Thessaloniki where a man was electrocuted to death on Wednesday, yesterday filed a lawsuit against «all those responsible» for the accident, while also claiming that electricity cables pass over kindergartens, schools and homes. The 35-year-old was electrocuted when he tried to fit a metal chimney stack to the roof of his father’s house. Theodoridis demanded that the overhead cables be removed from the area. ATM stalker Police said yesterday they have arrested a 23-year-old man who allegedly robbed bank customers after they withdrew cash from an ATM machine in Thessaloniki. The suspect is believed to have attacked his victims after they completed their transactions. Some 40,000 euros is believed to have been taken from at least four victims, police added. Crooked doctor A doctor from a hospital on the island of Leros in the Dodecanese has been charged with accepting a bribe in order to issue an expert report for a man charged in connection with a drug-dealing case, police on the island said yesterday. According to testimony given by the defendant and the defendant’s father, the pair were asked to pay 500 euros when they visited the doctor’s surgery to ask for the report, which had been requested by a local investigating magistrate. The pair said they paid the fee and then reported the alleged incident to police. Arson attack A car owned by the Serbian Consulate in Thessaloniki was destroyed in an arson attack early yesterday. Police said a nearby car was also damaged in a fire caused by exploding gas canisters. (AP) Truck accident A Larissa court yesterday imposed 12-month suspended sentences on the driver of a truck which shed its load of bottled beer at the Vale of Tempe last Monday and the employee who had loaded the vehicle. The incident caused chaos on the notoriously dangerous stretch of road on a day of increased traffic as motorists returned to their homes after a long weekend. The truck is believed to have lost the load of beer when the straps holding the cases in snapped. Both men were released pending trial after appealing the verdicts.

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