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Peloponnese quake

Tremor strike off Aigion causes some damage to local hotel An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale was recorded in the Gulf of Corinth, some 120 kilometers west of Athens, about noon yesterday. The tremor, the epicenter of which was in the sea off the town of Aigion, was felt in many parts of the northern Peloponnese. Some damage was reported at a hotel in the area of Lampiri prompting an inspector from the local office of the Civil Protection Authority to visit the hotel in order to assess the damage and decide whether it was safe for guests to remain in the hotel. POLICE FIREBOMBED Attack on Patras station A group of hooded youths threw six Molotov cocktails at a police station in Patras early yesterday, causing minor damage but no injuries. The police station came under attack at about 5.30 a.m. The firebombs damaged the road surface, but the fire did not spread to the building nor the cars parked there. The assailants sped off on motorcycles. No arrests were made. Santorini rape A 29-year-old man was arrested on Santorini on Saturday on suspicion of breaking into the hotel room of a 22-year-old woman and raping her. The woman also suffered head injuries in the attack. She reported the matter to the local police and is then alleged to have identified a 29-year-old Albanian brought in for questioning as the man who raped her. The woman, whose nationality was not made public, was transferred to a hospital in Athens for treatment. Patissia mugging A judicial official who was in charge of overseeing voting in Patissia, near central Athens, was mugged on his way to the electoral center. Officers said that assailants stole more than 100 euros from the victim as well as the keys to the poll center. Police had to force open the door to ensure that voting began on time. Magnetic charm A 52-year-old man was arrested in the Pylaia suburb of Thessaloniki late on Friday after being caught red-handed stealing coins from a church collection box. Officers said that the man had been using a magnetic device he had made himself to fish out the loose change in the box. Red-light robber A 23-year-old man was arrested in Thessaloniki early Saturday on suspicion of staging a robbery at knifepoint in one of the city’s brothels. Meanwhile, two suspects, aged 51 and 39, were also arrested in the northern city early on Saturday after allegedly breaking into a driving school. Borderline Two TV journalists from Finland were arrested on Saturday after bypassing the Evros border crossing to enter Greece. The journalists, aged 49 and 25, explained to police hat they had been trying to film illegal immigrants entering Greece as part of a TV documentary. The case was referred to a local prosecutor. Bus discovery A bus driver in Athens discovered three incendiary devices made of cooking-gas canisters on board his vehicle late on Saturday. The bus was traveling between the southern suburb of Voula and Syntagma Square in central Athens.