British tourist ‘accused of raping daughter on beach in Crete’

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An old white church in a small island at sunset in Malia, Crete, Greece.
The attack is said to have happened on Thursday on a beach in the Greek resort of Malia (Getty)

The Foreign Office has confirmed it is providing support to a British woman in Greece following reports a British man was arrested in Crete accused of raping his daughter.

According to the Daily Mail, local news outlets report a British pensioner, who has not been named, was taken into custody by local police in the resort of Malia on Saturday, two days after his daughter, 34, reported the attack.

It is understood the victim said she was drunk and could not remember anything about her attacker except that he was dressed all in white.

Officers who reviewed CCTV footage reportedly said the pair had been drinking together in a bar when the father made obscene gestures to his daughter, hit her in the face, followed her out onto the street and then raped her on a deserted beach, local reports say.

Malia police said the woman's father was wearing all-white clothing in the CCTV images.

Medical examiners told local newspaper Neakriti that the woman was "covered" in injures that were consistent with stones and branches found on the beach.

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Examiners said she also had injuries consistent with rape, and that DNA samples had been taken.

Local media reports that the man has pleaded not guilty to the charges and denies being responsible.

The victim is believed to have told police that her father could not have carried out the attack.

The man will remain in custody until at least Tuesday, which is the deadline for him to issue a public apology for the crime.

Greek law allows for reduced sentences for people who admit their guilt and apologise, and is available to those accused of rape.