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17 June, 2024
 
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Paphos Mayor calls for immediate action amid escalating crime wave

Mayor Phedonas Phedonos calls for State intervention and personnel boost to tackle Paphos' growing criminality

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The Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, expressed deep concern over a recent spike in criminal activities over the past 25 days, urging immediate action from the State to demonstrate political will. The Mayor highlighted incidents involving the burning of three cars owned by Legal Service officials and a lieutenant within this timeframe, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

Mayor Phedonos publicly called on the Minister of Justice and the Chief of Police to conduct an emergency visit to Paphos in the coming days. He emphasized the need for a comprehensive meeting to make crucial decisions and address the shortage of personnel in the region.

Speaking to journalists, Phedonos attributed the current challenges to a lack of will and effective policies to combat drugs and crime from five years ago. He recalled issuing warnings half a decade ago about the growing influence of drug rings and dealers in Paphos, stressing their financial strength and unhindered drug trade operations.

The Mayor specifically pointed out a known location where drug deals persist, urging authorities to take decisive action. He highlighted the use of a particular chemical drug, such as crystals, contributing to criminal activities, emphasizing the need for attention to this issue.

Phedonos underscored a severe shortage of personnel in the police force, coupled with a lack of training. He called for the implementation of technology to enhance law enforcement capabilities. The Mayor emphasized the multifaceted nature of the issue, including immigration and well-established drug dealers led by Greek Cypriots.

In conclusion, Mayor Phedonas Phedonos called on the new Minister of Justice and Public Order to assume responsibility and make substantive decisions to address the pressing challenges facing Paphos.

[Information sourced from CNA]

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