Wednesday 23 April 2014

Resort 'has become a battlefield'

The mayor of Malia on the Greek island of Crete has said the town has been turned into a 'battlefield'

A Greek holiday destination where a teenager was stabbed to death in a mass brawl has been turned into a "battlefield", according to its mayor.

Tyrell Matthews-Burton, 19, from Leyton, east London, was killed during a booze-fuelled altercation between nearly 30 people in Malia on the island of Crete on Tuesday.

The town's mayor told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that drunken British "creatures" have given the resort a bad reputation.

Zacharias Doxastakis said: "They are very nice young guys during the day. You could not explain the transformation in the night - they transform into other creatures.

"The fights and disputes between them are over football or something else. We have no idea why this is happening.

"Those fights start somewhere else but then take place here so Malia becomes a battlefield.

"This is not fair because we have the bad reputation and all the problems but we can do nothing about it."

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon.

Press Association

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