Chat room threat closes Danish school

Funen Police said on Tuesday that nothing dangerous was found following a threat that targeted the business college Tietgen Handelsgymnasium in Odense.

Chat room threat closes Danish school
Police found no signs of suspicious behaviour but the school was to remain closed on Tuesday. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix
Police said that a threatening message was delivered in a chat forum. The message told students that they should stay away from the school for their own safety. 
Police and school officials opted to close the school in light of the threat, but after spending the morning at the school officers were able to rule out any immediate danger. 
School leaders decided to keep the campus closed for the remainder of Tuesday, however. 
Armed police and bomb-sniffing dogs were sent to the school, but Funen Police have not released details about the threatening message's content.
“We can say that there were a series of threats of a nature that we couldn't ignore. Therefore the school was closed so that we could search it with dogs,” vice inspector Henrik Justesen from Funens Police said in a press release. 
Justesen said that Funens Police was continuing its investigation into who was behind the threats. 


Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022

The new Light Rail (Letbane) in Denmark’s third-largest city Odense will not open until next year. It was scheduled for completion in 2021.

Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022
Construction of the light rail in Odense. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

The delay was confirmed by transport minister Benny Engelbrecht in a written notification to parliament.

 “The beginning of operations at Odense Letbane will be delayed from September 1st 2021 until around New Year 2021-22,” the statement reads.

“This is because the company [Odense Letbane, ed,] can confirm that the [contractor] cannot live up to agreed schedule for handover of the transport system, apparently as a consequence of Covid-19,” Engelbrecht also wrote.

In a statement, Odense Letbane said that the primary contractor, Comsa, had recently given notice that the development would be delayed.

“We have recently been able to see that it would be more difficult for Comsa to finish in time for the planned opening. We have naturally maintained pressure on Comsa for as long as possible,” Odense Letbane CEO Mogens Hagelskær said in the statement, which was reported by TV2 Fyn.

“But the primary contractor has now presented a new schedule… and we must unfortunately concede that the light rail will not be able to open until around New Year,” Hagelskær added.

Spanish firm Comsa has said that the ongoing situation related to the coronavirus across Europe has resulted in difficulties in supplying labour and materials for the project in Denmark. The company has also had to adapt its working methods, which involve housing labourers in small groups, TV2 Fyn reports.

In 2017, a light rail system in Aarhus opened after also experiencing construction delays.