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British Tourist Toby Robyns Held In Turkish Jail For Collecting Coins On Snorkelling Trip

The ambulance driver faces three years behind bars.

23/08/2017 10:44 | Updated 23 August 2017

A British tourist has been arrested in Turkey after he reportedly attempted to fly home with a handful of coins he found while snorkelling.

Toby Robyns was detained at Bodrum airport on Friday on suspicion of “finding Turkish artefacts without notifying authorities”, The Sun said.

The 52-year-old father-of-five, from Southwick, West Sussex, discovered the 13 coins while snorkelling during a two-week holiday in Turgutreis and tried to take them home as a souvenir, the newspaper said.

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Ambulance driver Toby Robyns could be facing three years in a Turkish jail 

He is reportedly being held at Milas prison while he waits to hear whether he will be charged. The ambulance driver faces a three-year prison term if found guilty.

James Stoneham, a family friend, said: “This was harmless fun on a holiday.

“When he went to get his flight home they dragged him off and searched his hand luggage.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are assisting a British man following his arrest in Bodrum and remain in contact with his family and the Turkish authorities.”

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