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Residents have repeatedly taken to the streets to demand that Britons "stay away" and this week a shop owner in Malia meted out his own brand of justice by holding hostage for an entire day a tourist who had driven into his shop on a quad bike.
Crete is not the only island to be suffering for the bacchanalian excesses of British holidaymakers.
"She is seen as a modern day hero," said Theordoros Pakos, a senior police officer on Crete.
"A lot of people here are really tired of the way drunken Englishmen comport themselves." The bar where the events took place is in Malia, a resort that has become notorious for the bad behaviour of tourists.
More rapes involving British women occur in Greece than in any other holiday destination and many blame fellow Britons for the attacks.
"It's a problem here and we estimate that only around 15 per cent of rapes are ever reported [in Greece]," said detective Caroline Knight, the rape co-ordinator for the Devon and Cornwall police force. They don't want to talk to police – it's only when they go back home and they visit their GP, or tell their mums, that anything is said.
"They roll off the plane drunk and then proceed to drink from morning to night.
In the early hours of Tuesday in the Electra bar on the island of Crete, the 26-year-old is said to have doused a drunken West Country plumber with sambuca and set him alight. She claims that 23-year-old Stuart Feltham had groped her, exposed himself and demanded sex. But in the eyes of many Greeks and regardless of the facts, Ms Fanouraki is being hailed for her actions.
The story has made headlines across the country with sympathetic editorials praising the "gutsy Cretan".
"It is a very under-reported crime because it is far more personal and far more emotions are involved." As in the UK, she said, alcohol was the biggest date rape drug.
British detectives last month proposed that Greek police crack down on pub crawls and issue on-the-spot fines.