Woman arrested for Knife possession near crossing point

A Russian woman will appear before the SBA Court in Dhekelia early next month charged with possession of two large-bladed clasp knives after she was found sleeping in her car near the Strovilia crossing point last week – breaking COVID-19 curfew restrictions.

SBA Police and Customs officers spotted the vehicle in what appeared to be an abandoned state in an olive orchard close to the crossing point and she was found inside.

After giving what police described as an ‘unsatisfactory response to questioning’, the knives were discovered, and the woman was arrested.

Following a more thorough search the following day, 2,600 cigarettes and multiple receipts from businesses in the Turkish Controlled Areas were discovered.

SBA Customs officers immediately seized the items and issued a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Deputy Divisional Commander, Superintendent Andreas Pitsillides, who headed up the operation, paid tribute to officers from both the police and SBA Customs.

He explained: “This has been another successful joint operation and we will continue to conduct them with Customs along the SBA boundaries with the TCAs aiming to deter any illegal activities and crime and ensure law and order and the safety of our communities.

“Equally, we will be robust and apply the law fairly with those that ignore and break it by committing offences. Our aim has and will always be to create and maintain a safe and just environment for those that live, work, or pass through our communities in the SBAs’

The woman, who was granted bail of €300, was also fined a further €300 for breaking COVID-19 measures.