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CONTAMINATED WATER

Inspectors return to Evia, as ‘toxic’supply to locals continues Inspectors from the Environment and Public Works Ministry returned yesterday to the municipality of Messapia on Evia to conduct more tests on water samples in the area that appear to have been contaminated by illegal dumps in the area that contain toxic waste. Initial tests revealed high traces of hexavalent chromium and other toxic chemicals. It was also revealed yesterday that the local authority is continuing to supply residents with the allegedly contaminated water, arguing that the amount of hexavalent chromium in the water was below permissible levels. MIGRANT DIES Body found at Igoumenitsa port The body of an 18-year-old unidentified migrant was found near the port of Igoumenitsa, northwestern Greece, early yesterday. The unidentified man’s body was discovered next to a road leading away from the port and police suspect that the 18-year-old had been part of a group of immigrants that sneaked onto a truck believing it was about to board a ferry for Italy. However, it appears that the truck was headed for mainland Greece and the migrants jumped off as it set off on its journey. Police said that they had discovered a truck, driven by a 32-year-old foreigner, whose tarpaulin had been slashed. The driver has been arrested. Lost pensions A post office employee who was delivering pension payments to villages in Imathia, in the Peloponnese, had a bag containing 17,000 euros in cash stolen from him yesterday. The postman told police that he had pulled up outside the post office in the village of Kopanos when a car pulled up next to him with three men inside who snatched the bag with the cash. Hidden cannabis Two men have been arrested on Crete after police discovered that they had been hiding a suitcase full of drugs on a plot of land containing orange trees. The two suspects, both Albanian nationals, aged 26 and 27, had allegedly placed the suitcase, which contained 2 kilos of unrefined cannabis, next to a chicken coop on some land they were renting in the Kyrtomados area in Therisos Municipality. Police said that they acted following a tip-off. Megalopoli quake An earthquake measuring 4.3 Richter was recorded near the town of Megalopoli in Arcadia, in the Peloponnese, at just before 8 a.m. yesterday. The epicenter of the tremor, which struck at a depth of 2 kilometers, was 93 kilometers south of Patra. No injuries or damage were reported. Thessaloniki mugging Two men allegedly mugged a 40-year-old woman in the Thessaloniki neighborhood of Ambelokipi late on Wednesday, stealing 6,500 euros in cash and several bank books from her bag, according to police. Bank raids Two armed men carried out a raid on a branch of Bank of Cyprus in Alimos, southern Athens, yesterday. It was not immediately clear how much money the pair netted from holding up the bank on busy Poseidonos Avenue. A lone gunman also threatened staff at the branch of Aspis Bank in the central district of Aghios Panteleimonas yesterday morning. The amount taken was not made public.