Ayia Napa stabbing: British tourist killed and friend injured in Cyprus resort attack

George Low, from Dartford, died from a stab wound in the neck after he was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning

Alexandra Sims
Sunday 14 August 2016 15:12
The Mediterranean coastal resort of Ayia Napa on the southeast coast of Cyprus
The Mediterranean coastal resort of Ayia Napa on the southeast coast of Cyprus

A 22-year-old British man has been stabbed to death and another injured during a knife attack in the holiday resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus.

George Low, from Dartford, died from a stab wound in the neck after he was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning while walking down a busy street in the popular party resort.

Another Britain, also aged 22, suffered four stab wounds in his back during the attack. His injures were not life-threatening.

George Low, 22, was stabbed to death in Ayia Napa

Famagusta police said the pair were attacked by two men with knives shortly after getting involved in a shoving match with one of them.

District assistant police chief, Georgios Economou, said they are still searching for the attackers, who, according to witness accounts, appeared to be foreign nationals.

Police said there is no suspicion that the attack was terrorism related.

Tributes have been posted on social media to Mr Low, who is understood to have worked in Ayia Napa last year, according to the Evening Standard.

Posting a picture of Mr Low with a group of friends, Jason Woods said on Facebook: “Words can’t describe what you meant to me.

“I was lucky to have you as a brother and I am truly heartbroken by this tragedy! Just looking back at the first time we met and I was lucky enough to meet one of the best guys in my life.”

Bradley Bowden wrote: “Definitely up there with one of the best humans I’ve met. He didn’t care about anything other than making his mates laugh.”

Ollie Ellis: “Last night we lost one amazing member of the Ayia Napa family and a very good friend of mine. Words can’t describe how much of a shock this is we are going to miss you so much George.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of Mr Low, saying: “We lost a true legend. Let’s get him home and give him the send-off he deserves!” The page has raised £1,165 in one hour.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing support for the family of a British national who sadly died in Cyprus on 14th August and will remain in contact with the local authorities who are investigating.”

Additional reporting by Press Association