No injuries after shooting near Aarhus market

The latest in a string of shooting incidents linked to organised crime gangs in Aarhus took place outside a shopping centre in broad daylight.

No injuries after shooting near Aarhus market
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Nobody was injured during the incident on Saturday evening at the Bazar Vest shopping centre on Edwin Rahrs Vej in the Brabrand district of Denmark’s second largest city.

East Jutland Police confirmed that several shots were fired near the Autobazaren car workshop near Bazar Vest.

“The shooting is being considered part of the ongoing gang conflict in Aarhus,” the police wrote in a press statement.

Nobody was hit by any of the shots, according to police.

The recent surge in organised crime-related violence in Aarhus has been linked to attempts by a Copenhagen-based gang known as ‘Loyal to Familia' to establish itself in the city.

A Brabrand-based group connected to Odense gang Black Army is attempting to prevent this, reports news agency Ritzau.

Shooting incidents have now plagued the area since the end of May, with dozen of arrests made.

The Gellerup neighbourhood, the area around Bazar Vest and Edwin Rahrs Vej, has a higher proportion of residents with immigrant backgrounds, higher unemployment and more people living under the poverty line than the overall average for Aarhus.

In 2016, the Jyllands-Posten newspaper reported a significant drop in crime rates in the neighbourhood.

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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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