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Police patrol car catches fire on motorway – in-cyprus.com

A police officer in Cyprus had a bad morning on Tuesday after his patrol car caught fire on the Limassol – Nicosia motorway.

A motorist later snapped the police officer outside his police car – which had become engulfed in flames – at around 11am on Tuesday morning on the Limassol – Nicosia motorway, just shy of the Kofinou exit.

The picture (above) of the car in flames later appeared on Reporter.com.cy.

According to initial reports, the fire started as a result of a mechanical problem. The officer – who had tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames – was not harmed.

Source: Police patrol car catches fire on motorway – in-cyprus.com

83-year-old dies after being hit crossing road – Cyprus Mail

An 83-year-old, Solomos Michael, died on Tuesday lunchtime at Limassol General Hospital after being hit by a car earlier in the morning on Alexandria Street in Limassol.

Traffic officer Emilios Kafas said the old man was hit by a vehicle driven by a 48-year-old, as he tried to cross the road.

Following the incident, he was transported by ambulance to the General Hospital where, despite the doctors’ efforts, he succumbed to his wounds five hours later.

The 48-year-old’s alcotest indicated he was not drunk, and when questioned he said he had not noticed the victim as he had walked into the road from inbetween stationary cars.

Limassol traffic police are investigating.

Source: 83-year-old dies after being hit crossing road – Cyprus Mail

Youth dies in road crash (updated) – Cyprus Mail

A 23-year-old man was killed on Friday evening after his car crashed into another vehicle in Limassol, police said.

Iosif Paraskeva from Polemidhia apparently lost control of his car while travelling on the Erimi to Episkopi road at around 11pm, colliding with another vehicle carrying a family of four.

Paraskeva was freed from the wreckage by the fire service and rushed to hospital where he died a few hours later.

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Source: Youth dies in road crash (updated) – Cyprus Mail

Police investigating alleged insurance scam – Cyprus Mail

Police said on Friday they had received a report on an alleged insurance scam concerning fake claims for cars damaged in road accidents.

The case was reported by a shareholder in a Nicosia-based insurance company who sent a letter on Thursday to police saying he discovered that claims had been filed over the past decade for cars owned by the company that had been allegedly damaged either in road accidents or by malicious acts. The claims concern the company’s own cars in Paphos.

The man told police that after further enquiries, he learned from people using the cars for which claims had been filed and paid out by the company, that they were never involved in any road accidents.

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Source: Police investigating alleged insurance scam – Cyprus Mail

Men arrested in car chase wanted for 16 burglaries – in-cyprus.com

The two men ages 37 and 41 years old who were arrested in the early hours of Monday are wanted for 16 cases of breaking and entering, and theft.

According to police sources the burglaries took place in Limassol between January 11 and July 10, 2017.

The arrest of the two men was dramatic.

Police reports reveal that a police car on patrol spotted just before 2am a suspicious car moving in Limassol. Due to the car resembling the description of the vehicle used in a string of burglary cases, they signaled the driver to stop.

Instead, the driver sped up.

A car chase took place, with the driver being pursued breaking the law multiple times: going through red lights, entering the opposite lane of traffic, reckless driving.

The car was eventually intercepted by the police, who proceeded to arrest the 37 year-old and 41 year-old men.

In the car, various burglary tools were found.

Source: Men arrested in car chase wanted for 16 burglaries – in-cyprus.com

Insurers could penalise young drivers below speed limit | Daily Mail Online

Some insurance providers are comparing a driver’s speed against average speeds of experienced motorists to determine if they’re going too fast, even if it’s much slower than the limit dictates.

They are comparing a new licence holder’s speed against the average speeds of more experienced motorists to determine if they’re travelling too fast – mainly on ‘rural’ A and B roads.

Source: Insurers could penalise young drivers below speed limit | Daily Mail Online

Banks causing traffic chaos in Paphos – in-cyprus.com

Paphos residents with homes near banks have accused branch customers of regularly causing traffic chaos with parking violations.

According to residents, the bank branch customers often block off driveways, park on double-yellow lines or pavements, and create a backlog trying to find somewhere to leave their cars.

The residents say the problem has become worse since after the crisis led to the closure of some branches – prompting some bank branches to either move to different locations or even merge with other branches and bringing a higher volume of customers to specific locations.
Most of the bank branches still in operation are now situated on central and busy roads without adequate parking.

Source: Banks causing traffic chaos in Paphos – in-cyprus.com

Man imprisoned for attacking taxi-driver – Cyprus Mail

By Antonis Michael THE 25-year-old man who was involved in the car crash which killed three people in Kato Polemidia on May 27, was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Limassol District court on Tuesday for attacking and injuring a taxi driver in the Yermasoyia area of Limassol, a few hours before the crash. […]

Source: Man imprisoned for attacking taxi-driver – Cyprus Mail

Underage boy caught driving with his dad – Cyprus Mail

A 14-year old boy was caught driving a car illegallywith his father as passenger, along the Prodromi to Dhrousha road in Paphos on Monday afternoon. Police officers who stopped the car determined that the boy had no driving license nor insurance. Father and son were charged and will appear in court at a later date. […]

Source: Underage boy caught driving with his dad – Cyprus Mail

Passengers escape injury when car goes up in flames after crash  – Cyprus Mail

The fire service was called in on two occasions Saturday night and early Sunday to put out fire on two cars, one of which burst into flames when it crashed. The first incident occurred at around 11.20pm in Limassol between the roundabouts of Mesa Yeitonia and Ayios Athanasios, when a car went up in flames […]

Source: Passengers escape injury when car goes up in flames after crash  – Cyprus Mail