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Brits moved hotels amid 'child-snatching attempt'

The Anastasia Beach Complex hotel in Protaras. Credit: Thomas Cook

British holidaymakers have been moved after a child-snatching gang trying to lure youngsters into cars allegedly struck at a Thomas Cook resort in Cyprus.

Thomas Cook told ITV News that around 50 people were put in different hotels following the incident at the Anastasia Beach Hotel in Protaras on June 16.

A witness said a couple led two young children towards a waiting car and another person had a "third child up against a wall ready to go, too".

It was reported that those involved were dressed as hotel staff.

"Someone spotted what they were up to and stopped them - if he hadn't been there, those kids would have gone," Greg Letford said in an interview with the Daily Record.

The Foreign Office said it was a "concerning incident" and confirmed it had provided assistance to a British family.

A Thomas Cook spokesperson said:

We immediately deployed our experienced resort team to the property to provide those customers in residence with individual support.

Customers who did not wish to stay at the property were immediately moved to alternative hotels of a similar or higher standard.

While incidents of this nature are extremely rare, we would like to reassure all customers that this is being taken incredibly seriously and we are continuing to work closely with the local authorities and the hotel as the investigation continues.

Any customers with concerns about future holidays at this hotel are asked to contact us directly so that we can deal with them personally and directly.

– Thomas Cook

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman told ITV News: "Our consular officers provided advice and support to the family involved following this concerning incident.

"This is now a matter for the local police who are investigating."

The Anastasia beach complex, on the eastern tip of Cyprus, is described on the Thomas Cook website as being a "perfect family choice".