Police investigating the brutal murder of a British mum in Greece arrest a man on the Bulgarian border

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<p>Caroline Crouch with her husband Charalambos Anagnostopolous and their daughter Lydia </p> (Instagram )

Caroline Crouch with her husband Charalambos Anagnostopolous and their daughter Lydia

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Police investigating the brutal murder of a British mother in Greece have arrested a man.

Caroline Crouch, 20, was strangled to death in front of her 11-month-old daughter Lydia after burglars raided her home outside Athens on Tuesday. 

Ms Crouch’s husband, helicopter pilot Charalambos Anagnostopolous, was tied up and gagged.

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A Georgian man has been arrested on the Bulgarian border in relation to the killing, local media reported.

DNA analysis has linked him to a burglary in Pikermi on March 7 when an elderly couple were tied up while raiders ransacked their home. 

The couple’s property is just 20 minutes drive from Ms Crouch’s home in the affluent suburb of Glyka Nera. 

The suspect was arrested after trying travel by car from Greece to Bulgaria on a fake passport.

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Mr Anagostopoulos, who caught a glimpse of his wife’s killer during the attack, will be shown mugshots of 30 suspects tomorrow. 

He has previously described the murderer as tall, dark-skinned, overweight and under 30 years old.

Police believe that the killer was unaware that Mr Anagostopoulos saw his face but murdered his wife because she did. 

When officers arrived at the couple’s home they found Lydia hitting her dead mother in an attempt to wake her up.

Burglars took £20,000 worth of jewellery and £10,000 in cash. They also killed the couple’s dog which was discovered hanging on the garden fence.

A rare £260,000 reward for information about the burglary has been has been announced by the Greek Government in order to encourage possible witnesses to come forward.

Mr Anagnostopoulos told broadcasters the attack has been a “nightmare”.

“I wish no-one ever goes through what we went through last night. It was a nightmare,” he said. 

“We begged the thieves not to harm us. We told them where the money was and asked them to leave us alone. The police will catch them.”

Police have connected 12 break-ins in the past six months around Athens to Ms Crouch’s murder, the MailOnline reported.

There have been at least three other violent burglaries alone in the upmarket neighbourhood where the couple were attacked by raiders.

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