A British teenager on holiday in the popular resort of Marmaris, Mugla was deported on Sunday after insulting a statue of Ataturk.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (pictured), the founder of the modern state of Turkey, is revered by Turkish people.

It is an offence to insult the Turkish nation or the national flag, or to deface or tear up currency.

That was something that Carlisle teenager Thomas Robert Strong found out to his cost last Saturday night when he stripped naked and danced in front of the statue of Ataturk in Marmaris.

Such behaviour in a UK city on a drink fuelled Saturday night may have attracted a fixed penalty fine but not in Turkey.

Witnesses to the event called the police and Mr Strong was arrested and taken to the police station.

The following day he was taken to a special court and the judge sentenced him to immediate deportation and banned from returning to Turkey for five years.

He flew home on Sunday evening.

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