Cel­e­bra­tions get un­der way

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The Pa­tra Car­ni­val, the big­gest such celebration in Greece, be­gan on Satur­day. Pa­tra Mayor Yian­nis Di­maras got events un­der way with a fire­works show. Re­tail stores stayed open un­til late to mark the oc­ca­sion. Cel­e­bra­tions in the wet­sern port city will last un­til March 2, when the Car­ni­val will end with the fi­nal pro­ces­sion and the burn­ing of King Car­ni­val at Aghios Niko­laos wharf.

Coun­ter­feit haul.

Al­most 40,000 knock­off items have been seized by po­lice in Thes­sa­loniki. Raids by of­fi­cers on two stores and a ware­house in Den­dropota­mos and Der­veni led to more than 20,000 bot­tles of coun­ter­feit per­fume, 7,000 fake sun­glasses and 3,000 knock­off mo­bile phones be­ing dis­cov­ered. Po­lice also found 4,417 coun­ter­feit elec­tronic tablets and 100 wrist­watches. An Uzi sub­ma­chine gun, 48 bul­lets and al­most 74,000 eu­ros in cash was seized. Three men were ar­rested and a fourth was be­ing sought. The sus­pects face charges of breach­ing copy­right laws and money laun­der­ing.

Face­book fraud.

Two men in Thes­sa­loniki are to face charges of fraud af­ter al­legedly trick­ing peo­ple into giv­ing them money for va­ca­tions that never hap­pened, au­thor­i­ties said on Satur­day. The two men, aged 31 and 59, are be­lieved to have fooled 38 peo­ple into de­posit­ing money into their ac­counts. They are al­leged to have set up seven Face­book pages to ad­ver­tise the hol­i­day pack­ages to des­ti­na­tions such as Paris, Lon­don and Dubai. They pre­tended they had a net­work of travel agen­cies but in re­al­ity had only set up 10 tele­phone num­bers and eight bank ac­counts, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The two men are due to be charged in the com­ing days.

Pi­raeus chase.

A 32-year-old man was un­der po­lice guard at the At­tikon Hos­pi­tal in Athens over the weekend af­ter an event­ful chase with po­lice on Fri­day night. The Roma man failed to stop his ve­hi­cle when po­lice asked him to do so in Pi­raeus. He then sped off, knock­ing down two mo­tor­cy­clists. He also crashed into two po­lice mo­tor­bikes. Of­fi­cers even­tu­ally stopped the sus­pect by fir­ing at the ve­hi­cle. The 32-year-old was in­jured in the leg dur­ing the chase. No other se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported.

Athi­non Av­enue.

Road­works on Athi­non Av­enue will mean that the in­side lane from Daphni to Athens will be closed be­tween 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to­day and tomorrow, the At­tica Re­gional Au­thor­ity said.

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