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Two men stabbed and left to die on Turin street

Police are searching for the killer of two men who were stabbed and left to die in the middle of a street in central Turin in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two men stabbed and left to die on Turin street
Police suspect the murder may be linked to a territorial dispute among rival parking attendants in the area. File photo: Flickr

The bodies of cousins Abdelhadi, 44, and Abdelhamid Berdi, 56, were discovered in a pool of blood on via Nizza, near the Molinette hospital in Turin, Corriere della Sera reported on Wednesday.

The alarm was raised by a security guard who saw one of the victims stagger and collapse after the attack at around 5:30am.

One of the men suffered four stab wounds to the chest and the other a single stab wound which perforated his lung. The murder weapon has not been found.

It is not yet clear if there was more than one attacker.

The victims, both from Khouribga, Morocco, are believed to have worked as unlicensed car park attendants in the area.

Abdelhamid Berdi leaves behind a wife and child.

According to La Stampa, the men carried out their business on via Cherasco in an area known for the activity.

Police suspect the murder may be linked to a territorial dispute among rival parking attendants in the area.

They are currently interviewing shopkeepers and residents in the area.    

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ROME

Tourist fined €450 for swim in Rome’s Trevi Fountain

With the return of tourism and scorching temperatures, Rome’s fountains are once again attracting visitors hoping to cool off with a midnight swim.

Tourist fined €450 for swim in Rome's Trevi Fountain

In the latest incident, a 26-year-old Spanish man was fined 450 euros after taking a dip in the Trevi Fountain in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rome’s city police apprehended and fined the man after he was spotted swimming in the 18th-century monument at around 5am, according to local media reports.

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Every summer, hapless foreign visitors face fines of hundreds of euros after falling foul of Rome’s strict ban on taking a dip in public fountains – with the city mayor warning tourists that the centuries-old Baroque monuments are “not swimming pools”.

In April, two Dutch tourists also faced fines totalling over €1,000 after their own ill-advised splash in the Trevi Fountain.

The Roman landmark is one of the city’s main magnets for badly-behaved visitors, but tourists have also been fined after cooling off in the Santa Maria fountain in Trastevere, believed to be the city’s oldest. 

Since 2018, anyone caught misbehaving at Rome’s monuments can also face a temporary ‘Daspo’ ban from the area – similar to an ASBO (anti-social behaviour order) in the UK – which allows city police to restrict the movement of people they deem a threat to public order.

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But a plan to erect a one-metre-high glass and steel barrier around the Trevi fountain to protect it from unruly visitors now appears to have been abandoned after arts and heritage experts called the idea “foolish”.

Fines for swimming in the fountains have been in place since 2015, but this hasn’t stopped determined visitors from recreating scenes from La Dolce Vita and even some locals from taking a dip – – with or without their clothes.

Swimming in the wrong place is just one of the offences regularly committed by visitors, with graffiti and vandalism a common problem at many of Italy’s famous monuments.

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In Rome alone, this year tourists have made headlines for everything from breaking into the Colosseum to enjoy a drink with a view to driving a car down the Spanish Steps.

Other Italian tourism hotspots, including Florence and Venice, also have varying local rules in place aimed at curbing rowdy behaviour.

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