Irish tourist in trouble with Italian police for carving initials into Colosseum
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Irish tourist in trouble with Italian police for carving initials into Colosseum

AN IRISH tourist has been charged by the Italian police after he was caught carving his initials into the ancient Colosseum.

The tourist, understood to be a 32-year-old man, was caught by security using a sharp object to carve his initials into the almost 2,000-year-old stone, according to reports from Italian media.

La Repubblica reports that security staff of the Colosseum Archaeological Park caught the tourist scratching his name into the stone on a pillar on the first level of the Flavian Amphitheater.

The 23-year-old Irish tourist was spotted by security using a pointed object to carve his initials into the ancient stone. Italian police were called to the scene and charged him with aggravated damage to assets of historical and cultural importance.[Picture: Wikipedia Commons]
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The Italian police force carabinieri were called to the scene and charged the tourist on charges of aggravated damage to assets of historical and cultural importance, reports in Italian media suggest.

Local outlet Wanted in Rome say it is the second incident in several days involving tourists damaging the ancient structure.

Last week, a Polish tourist was flying a drone near the Colosseum when it crashed into the stone-- despite having been given a warning that the ancient building is a no-fly zone.

There is no further information on the charges against the tourist or his identity.