Our weekly roundup of the local news and events from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and area includes coroner rules on death of British girl whilst on rafting excursion, mysterious arson attack, dispute over new shopping centre and more.

Schoolgirl’s Turkish raft death ruled ‘unlawful’

Wales

A Welsh Coroner has ruled that the death of Cerys Potter aged 9 who died on holiday in Turkey in July 2010 while rafting with her family on the Dalaman River was unlawful.

She was one of a number of people who were thrown from the boat when it hit rocks on the popular holiday excursion.

The assistant coroner gave a verdict of unlawful killing due to gross negligence on the part of two Turkish guides last week.

Mysterious Arson Attack

Camkoy, Fethiye

According to local reports three cars were set alight by an arsonist in the village of Camkoy, Fethiye last week.

The three cars were doused in petrol and then set alight 5 minutes apart.

The police are searching for a person who was observed at the scene.

The investigation continues.

New Shopping Complex At Centre of Dispute

Tasyaka, Fethiye

A dispute about the land use near the bus station on which the new shopping centre is being built hit the headlines last week.

The complaint, which appears to have been lodged by local tradesmen who feel threatened by the development, states the centre has been built on an area of public land for which the correct permissions were not obtained.

The courts are now reviewing if permission should have been granted by parliament before the development took place and the likely implications of that.

A delegation of court representatives and a team of experts commissioned by the Council visited the site to investigate the situation, gather evidence, make measurements and take pictures.

A report will now be prepared for the court to consider.

Football

Fethiyespor 0 – Adanaspor 1

Fethiyespor ended their winning streak with a defeat away to Adanaspor on 19th February.

Future fixtures

– 23/02 – M. İdmanyurdu v Fethiyespor

– 02/03 – Fethiyespor v Orduspor

– 09/03 – Karsiyaka – Fethiyespor

FethiyeSpor are 14th out of the 19 teams in the PTT1 League with 25 points after 25 matches.

The score sheet for the 25 games played to date is 6 wins, 7 draws and 12 lost.

Exchange

The Turkish currency ended the week at 3.66 TL to the British Pound almost unchanged compared with a week earlier at 3.65 TL.

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And Finally

Museum Tops 10 Million Visitors

Central Fethiye

As we reported last week the Gallipoli Mobile Museum was in Fethiye to show residents artefacts from the savage and bloody 1915 war between the Ottomans and Allied forces.

The exhibits included bullets, weapons, mines, uniforms, pictures of the battlefield and much more.

The museum announced during its visit that it has visited 122 different locations in Turkey over the last 4 years and, it estimates, welcomed over 10 million visitors.

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