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PSYRRI CLOSED

Pilot scheme to limit vehicle access to area on weekends A pilot scheme that will lead to vehicles, apart from those of residents, not being allowed into part of the popular nighttime hangout of Psyrri in central Athens began yesterday. Under the scheme, for the next few weeks cars will be banned from the area delineated by Evripidou, Athinas, Ermou, Lefkoriou, Sarri and Aristophanous streets between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Only permit-holding residents will have access. BRITISH AMBASSADOR Landsman presents credentials Britain’s new ambassador to Greece, Dr David Maurice Landsman, presented his credentials to President Karolos Papoulias yesterday. Landsman, who made reference to Britain’s historic ties with Greece, was previously the Balkans director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has served as ambassador in Tirana. Olympiakos out Greek champion Olympiakos was dumped out of the UEFA Cup late on Thursday following a 2-1 defeat at St Etienne. The Reds had already lost 3-1 at home to the French side. Olympiakos is now concentrating on tomorrow’s derby match against Panathinaikos in the Super League. Alavanos robbed Robbers broke into the home of Synaspismos Left Coalition politician Alekos Alavanos early yesterday, said police. Alavanos and his wife were sleeping while the robbery took place at their Pendeli home in northern Athens and did not realize anything until the morning. Cash and valuables were stolen. Road deaths Six people were killed in two separate road accidents yesterday. In Vonitsa, northwestern Greece, four members of the same family died when their car collided with an unmarked police vehicle. The policeman in the second car was hospitalized with serious injuries. Meanwhile on the national road near Pieria, in northern Greece, two workers who had been fixing street lights were struck by a truck and killed instantly. Guard to testify A 23-year-old jail guard accused of opening fire at oncoming motorists on a country road in western Crete, killing one person and seriously injuring another, is to face an investigating magistrate on Tuesday on charges of murder and attempted murder. He is see a psychiatrist in the meantime. Ketchup allergy Greece’s food watchdog has asked the AB Vassilopoulos supermarket chain to withdraw Bio Tomato Ketchup, a brand of organic ketchup, after being informed by European authorities that it contains ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction but which are not labeled clearly.