Much of Agia Napa’s toxic reputation stems from the early 2000s when turf wars between different UK garage “crews” broke out during which several people (including a young Dizzee Rascal) were stabbed. Violence broke out again with the mafia-style shooting of three Cypriots and two Romanians on the streets of the town in June 2012 and the murder of a young British soldier in a bar-room brawl in November 2012. Since then, Agia Napa has suffered the things that any holiday, or indeed any urban, area, experiences – petty theft, noise pollution, road accidents. Some local people still complain about rowdy organized pub crawls and boorish behaviour, but compared to its wild west past, the town is now relatively sedate and family-friendly.

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