Roads to close for race

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A num­ber of roads will be closed in cen­tral Athens to­mor­row due to the run­ning of the 32nd Athens Au­then­tic Marathon. Par­tic­i­pants will be run­ning along Marathonos Av­enue and then down Me­so­geion Av­enue to­ward the Panathenaic Sta­dium in the city cen­ter. Run­ners will also com­pete in 5- and 10-kilo­me­ter races. Roads will be closed at some point dur­ing the day in Marathon, Ra­fina, Pik­ermi, Pallini, Pa­ia­nia, Aghia Paraskevi, Ho­lar­gos, Pa­pagou, Ha­lan­dri, Filothei, Psy­chico and down­town Athens. Roads in the city cen­ter are not due to open be­fore 5.30 p.m.

Drug ar­rests.

Two Greek men aged 45 and 48, as well as a 50-year-old Al­ba­nian man have been ar­rested in Athens and Vo­los on sus­pi­cion of be­ing part of a drug-trafficking ring. Two more Al­ba­nian na­tion­als are be­ing sought, said po­lice. The men were found in pos­ses­sion of 13.8 ki­los of heroin, which they are be­lieved to have smug­gled from Turkey.

Mur­derer caught.

A 37-year-old man from Sfakia in Crete was ar­rested yes­ter­day after hav­ing been found guilty of mur­der on ap­peal. A lo­cal court de­cided ear­lier this week that the man had mur­dered a woman in Ha­nia 11 years ago and then at­tempted to mur­der a rel­a­tive. He was handed a life sen­tence for the first crime and 18 months for the sec­ond but had been on the run for the last few days.

Fraud­u­lent doc­tor.

A 63-year-old doc­tor has been ar­rested after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Fi­nan­cial Po­lice found that he had al­legedly been us­ing forged doc­u­ments to claim money from pri­mary health­care provider EOPYY. It is not yet known how much the al­leged fraud car­ried out by the doc­tor cost the state. So far, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have found 12 cases in which he used bo­gus doc­u­ments.

Fa­tal crashes.

Three peo­ple were killed and one in­jured in three road ac­ci­dents that oc­curred in a 45-minute spell on the same stretch of the Thiva-Li­va­dia na­tional road on Thurs­day night. Two men, aged 42 and 61, were killed when a truck col­lided with a trac­tor. A crowd gath­ered at the spot and the third man was killed when he tried to cross the road and was hit by a pass­ing car. The vic­tim was 37 years old. A traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer was also se­ri­ously in­jured when he was hit by a car as he was di­rect­ing cars past the crash site. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have com­plained about road safety in the area as many truck driv­ers use the road to by­pass tolls on the Athens-Thes­sa­loniki na­tional high­way.

Moldy pies.

Food safety watch­dog EFET asked yes­ter­day for cherry, le­mon and ap­ple pies pro­duced by Evga un­der the brand name Trendy to be with­drawn from the mar­ket as mold had been de­tected in some sam­ples. EFET said that any­one who has bought the prod­uct should not eat it.

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