Dog thwarts es­cape plans of Corfu Prison tun­nel­ers

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A tun­nel that a group of con­victs from Corfu Prison had likely been dig­ging for weeks was dis­cov­ered on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter a man walk­ing his dog in a park next to the jail heard noises and alerted po­lice.

The lo­cal res­i­dent be­came sus­pi­cious af­ter his dog stopped at a spot near the prison and re­sisted the man’s ef­forts to pull him away. When the dog walker heard sounds that ap­peared to be com­ing from be­low the ground, he con­tacted the au­thor- ities, who dis­patched of­fi­cers to the prison.

Po­lice found a tun­nel around 30 me­ters long, start­ing from the prison’s B Wing where 21 con­victs serv­ing long or life terms are be­ing held. In­side the tun­nel, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found bat­tery-pow­ered fans and plas­tic con­tain­ers of food, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal re­ports.

In 1996 more than 120 in­mates at the same prison man­aged to break out af­ter dig­ging a tun­nel dur­ing a two-week takeover of the fa­cil­ity. A man sweeps the en­trance to his sou­venir shop in the Plaka dis­trict of Athens on Fri­day. Stores were closed in most parts of Greece over the week­end due to the na­tional hol­i­day on Satur­day but tourist ar­eas were an ex­cep­tion. Nor­mal shop open­ing hours re­sume to­day, although some stores, restau­rants and cafes may be shut for a sum­mer break.

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