Copenhagen tourists conned by fake officers

An unknown number of foreign tourists in Copenhagen have been swindled out of around 45,000 kroner by two Romanians posing as police officers.

Copenhagen tourists conned by fake officers
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Two Romanian men, aged 36 and 52, appeared in court on Sunday on charges that they had conned foreign tourists into paying fines for alleged criminal offences while posing as police officers, a Copenhagen Police spokesman told Ritzau news agency. 
According to police, the two men posed as plain-clothes officers and used a phony or foreign police sign to convince tourists that they had violated a law and needed to pay a cash fee. In other variants of the trick, the men demanded that tourists show their passports and cash and then simply disappeared with the money or conned the tourists into handing over the credit cards and PIN codes. 
“Many tourists don’t know the rules here in the country and these type of criminals take advantage of that,” Sajja Haider from the Copenhagen Police said. 
The two men were arrested on Saturday outside of one of the city’s most-frequented tourist spots, the Tivoli Gardens amusement park. They were recognized by a nearby hotel receptionist and Haider said that police have good photos of the false officers from surveillance cameras and have had many tourists give reports that point to the same two men. 
When they were apprehended by real police officers, the two false ones had a large amount of cash in various currencies amounting to roughly 45,000 kroner (6,000 euro, $6,600). 
The two Romanians are charged with fraud and impersonating a public official and face punishment of up to 18 months in prison. 

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Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Crime in Copenhagen’s hippie enclave of Christiania is increasing, police in the capital say following a number of drugs-related arrests.

Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Copenhagen Police arrested three men on Saturday for selling cannabis on Pusher Street in the alternative enclave of Christiania, as they continue their efforts to stamp out the area’s former open-air cannabis market. 

According to police, 875 people were arrested for selling cannabis in the first 11 months of 2022, more than in any other year over the past four years. 

A possible explanation for the increase in arrests could be that the rewards for operating hash stands have receded, according to a police spokesperson.

“It is extremely unattractive to stand out there, and therefore a lot of new people come in who have no idea what it is all about. Many of them come from outside the catchment area, and some of them are peripherally associated with a criminal group,” Simon Hansen, head of a Copenhagen Police special unit, told newspaper Politiken.

“It’s a bit – in inverted commas – ‘easier’ for us to catch these people,” he said. 

Around half of the stalls in the street are linked to various gangs and biker gangs, such as Satudarah, Bandidos, Hells Angels and Loyal To Familia, with the rest run by people living in Christiania, the Berlingske newspaper reported earlier this month.

The trend of rising crime occurs against a background of potential housing develop in Christiania, as the enclave’s residents decide on a plan to put affordable housing in the area.

Copenhagen Police last year told news wire Ritzau that the majority of people who are arrested within Christiania come from socially underprivileged or marginalised backgrounds.

They are exploited in gang and biker circles, resulting in them in some cases operating the illicit hash market stalls, according to the police.

Conflicts between organised crime groups have reportedly become more frequently aired in the Pusher Street market.

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