Police find gruesome multiple murder scene in Danish apartment

One person has been arrested and charged with murder after police found several bodies in an apartment in Brønshøj near Copenhagen.

Police find gruesome multiple murder scene in Danish apartment
Police outside the Brønshøj apartment block on Tuesday. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix

Police found “several” murdered people in the apartment on Tuesday morning, reports daily Ekstra Bladet.

A routine patrol was sent to the address in response to a report of domestic violence.

Deputy inspector and leader of the investigation Ove Bundgård Larsen told the newspaper that police were meet by a “terrible scene” on entering the apartment, with “lots of blood” and signs of a struggle.     

“When they arrived at the apartment they could see that there were several murdered people and of course called for reinforcements,” Larsen said to broadcaster DR.

Photo: Mathias Øgendal/Scanpix

One person, who has a connection to the address where the discovery was made, has been arrested and charged with murder.

“We are working with a theory that says this was a family murder,” Larsen told DR.

The inspector declined to go into further detail relating to the relation of the arrested person and the family, nor would police confirm the exact number of deaths.

“We are working on securing the apartment, which we will now examine for clues,” he said.

Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix


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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