Fethiye Times' weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy.

Bag Snatchers Nabbed

Two young men suspected of carrying out a series of daylight robberies were arrested by Fethiye Police last week.

The two men are accused of targeting and snatching the handbags of foreign women in the town.

Local reports suggested that the duo had snatched as many as 10 bags since the first incident on 26 June.

The Police obtained images of the two men from security cameras and descriptions provided by witnesses.

When the Police located the two men on a motorbike in central Fethiye they fled. They were later apprehended in the garden of a house where they were hiding.

The suspects are due to appear before the court.

More Illegal Migrants

A small yacht carrying 23 Syrian and a Georgian national was detained by Fethiye Coast Guard teams last week off Iblis Burnu.

The 12 metre yacht, which is only designed to take 6 passengers, was towed back to Fethiye by the Coast Guard cutter and the passengers taken to the foreigner's police department where they will be prepared for deportation to their own countries.

The yacht was allegedly heading to the Greek Island of Rhodes which is a popular route for illegal migrants heading for the EU.

Plastic-Tastic Magic Melons

The local press reported that water melons that had been grown in 5 litre water bottles were catching the attention of locals and visitors alike last week in the local market.

The green and yellow melons had taken on the shape of the water bottles including the indentations that the bottles feature.

Worker Injured in Marble Quarry Slide

A male worker was seriously injured when his leg was crushed by a falling block of marble at a local quarry last week.

Volley Ball Camp Plan

The recent successful pro Volley Ball events in Calis, Fethiye has led the president of the national association to consider setting up a permanent camp in the popular resort.

It was reported that the Mayor of Fethiye met with the Turkey Volleyball Federation ( TVF ) President Ozkan Mutlugil to discuss plans.

Air Travel Hits a New High

The State Airports Administration reported that a record breaking 16.673 million passengers had used Turkish airports during the first six months of 2014 – a 10 per cent increase on the same time last year.

Turkish Lira Exchange

The Turkish Lira ended the week at 3.63 TL to the British Pound.

The week before it 3.65 TL.

And Finally

In an effort to help our furry friends keep cool in the sweltering Fethiye summer the local animal rescue centre has come up with a great plan.

Visitors to the centre that is home to 120 dogs and 30 cats have been sharing their ice cream with the animals.

Reports say the 'hot dogs' have been lapping up the treats.