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Families to pass on investigation evidence to coroner

The solicitor of the families of Bobby and Christi Shepherd has said they will pass on details of an ITV News investigation to the coroner to help with the "prevention of future deaths".

Solicitor Gemma Vine said: "We will take all of the evidence we get in particular the evidence from ITV News into account when we are looking at assisting the coroner with the prevention of future deaths.

"Anything to do with health and safety is going to be extremely important for us to consider as part of those suggestions."

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  1. Chris Choi

Hotel 'did not know' of manager's convictions for child deaths

I think the latest developments will have ramifications across the industry.

What we're learning this lunchtime is that the third party hotel owners that were supplying Thomas Cook with the holiday accommodation will later today issue a statement, in which they admit that they did not know of the background of that hotel manager.

A detailed inspection has now been carried out at the hotel Credit: ITV News

They did not know, they say, that he had been convicted in connection with those deaths in Corfu.

Now, that is going to be something which will lead to an awful lot of soul-searching and debate, there'll be questions about what checks hotel groups should be making of their staff, should there be more robust systems in place, before people are put into positions like that.

There is, I have to say, no safety question about the hotel where he was working up until yesterday, it's our information this lunchtime that Thomas Cook has sent in safety experts, the've done a 350-point safety audit, and they have found no cause for concern.

Electrician convicted over Corfu child deaths sacked

An electrician convicted over the deaths of two British children while on holiday in Corfu has been sacked from the hotel where they died - nine years after the tragedy.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd, aged six and seven respectively, died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in Corfu in 2006.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd were on holiday with their dad when they died in 2006. Credit: Family handout

ITV News learned yesterday that Christos Louvros was still employed by the same Thomas Cook-run hotel, despite his conviction for unlawful killing in 2010.

A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said the company had been "shocked" to learn he was still there, and told ITV News they had immediately contacted the hotel management.

The hotel operating company has confirmed that this is now not the case and the individual is no longer employed at the hotel.

– Thomas Cook spokeswoman

Corfu tragedy 'will increase safety' for holidaymakers

Credit: PA

The tragic deaths of two British children in Corfu and the scrutiny that followed is expected to increase safety for holidaymakers.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler at a Thomas Cook hotel in 2006.

And an ITV investigation revealed a manager convicted over the deaths was still working at a hotel used by the tour operator until today.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi said the revelations and the original tragedy focused attention on just how much holiday companies should know about the places they are sending customers.

"I think with this increased scrutiny will come increased safety," he added.

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Hotel manager sacked after being exposed by ITV News

George Chrysikopoulos was tracked down working at another hotel used by Thomas Cook. Credit: ITV News

A hotel manager convicted over the gas deaths of two British children has been sacked at the insistence of Thomas Cook.

George Chrysikopoulos was found guilty of negligent manslaughter by a Greek court and sentenced to seven years in prison.

But ITV News revealed he was working at another Greek hotel used by the tour operator until today.

Corfu death parents ask for bungalow to be demolished

The parents of Christi and Bobby Shepherd have asked Thomas Cook to demolish the bungalow where their children died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

Mother Sharon Wood said that the family have asked the holiday company to "push forward" their request to demolish bungalow 112 where they died so that it can be a "lasting tribute in the form of a playground".

The children's father Neil Shepherd was overcome with emotion when he said that the holiday company had agreed to substantial donations to several charities including the NSPCC which "had a special place in Christi and Bobby's heart".

Dad Neil Shepherd was overcome with emotion Credit: ITV News

Chief Executive of Thomas Cook Peter Fankhauser has admitted the company failed in its handling of the 2006 tragedy and pledged to help the children's parents move on with their lives.

Nothing can bring us back our children, or the carefree lives we once led. No one can erase the lifelong pain for Christi and Bobby's family and friends. We cannot change the past and we accept that it may be time to look to the future.

We have asked Thomas Cook to push forward our request to demolish bungalow 112 so that it can be a lasting tribute in the form of a playground in the spot where Christi and Bobby died.

I hope that Thomas Cook and everyone who has defended its wrongdoings now realises the impact of their actions on families like ours and they will learn the lessons they need to learn from this tragedy.

– Mother Sharon Wood

Electrician behind child deaths still working at hotel

Christi and Bobby Shepherd were on holiday with their dad when they died in 2006. Credit: Family handout

An electrician convicted over the deaths of Bobby and Christi Shepherd has still been working at the same Thomas Cook hotel where they died, ITV News has been told by the travel firm.

The six and seven-year-olds died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in Corfu in 2006.

But despite his conviction, electrician Christos Louvros was still employed there years later.

Thomas Cook has now called for Louvros' sacking.

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