Copenhagen Police confirm new extension of stop-and-search zone

An ordinance zone established as part of police measures to combat gang-related shootings in Copenhagen has been extended until December 21st.

Copenhagen Police confirm new extension of stop-and-search zone
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The zone had been scheduled to expire at midday on Thursday.

Police confirmed the extension of the stop-and-search zone via a press statement.

The extension is the ninth of its kind as police have continued efforts to crack down on armed violence in the Nørrebro neighbourhood of Copenhagen. A similar zone was also set up in the Amager district.

“The aim of the extension of the stop-and-search zone is to create a feeling of security for residents in the area by ensuring that persons are not carrying or in possession of weapons,” Copenhagen Police wrote in a press statement.

The ordinances (called visitationszoner in Danish) allow police to stop anyone within a predetermined area and search them for weapons without having probable cause. They also apply to searches of cars.

Copenhagen has seen a long series of shootings and violent incidents connected to a drawn-out conflict between organised crime gangs that began in the early part of the summer.

Three people have died as a result of the shootings, most recently a 22-year-old who was shot near the Mjønerparken area on November 9th.

Over 50 people have been detained as part of the police response to the gang shootings, which has included extra patrols as well as the implementation of the stop-and-search zones.

Following the November 9th shooting, a ceasefire was reportedly agreed between the groups. That arrangement appears to remain in place at the time of writing.

Nevertheless, Copenhagen Police have taken the measure of continuing the ordinance.

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Police investigate shooting, assault in Copenhagen suburb

A 21-year-old has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Copenhagen district Valby on Monday night.

Police investigate shooting, assault in Copenhagen suburb
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Police investigations of the shooting incident took place on Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday, lead investigator Kenneth Jensen confirmed on Tuesday morning.

An alert was raised as to the shooting at Toftegårds Plads in Valby just before 10pm on Monday.

Investigation of the scene showed at least one shot was fired, Jensen confirmed.

Shortly after the first alert, police were informed of a possible knife attack at nearby street Gammel Køge Landevej.

In that incident, a 21-year-old male was beaten and kicked by a group of young people.

“We have a strong suspicion that the assault at Gammel Køge Landevej was a follow-on from the incident at Toftegårds Plads,” Jensen said.

A pistol was found close to the victim of the assault, who was taken to hospital but face charges for illegal possession of a firearm, the lead inspector confirmed.

Police were unable on Tuesday morning to make any comment regarding a potential connection to an ongoing conflict between organized crime gangs in Copenhagen.

The most recent incident to be linked to ongoing violence in this regard is the explosion of a suspected hand grenade in Amager on Monday.

The government last week announced a major beefing up of security, including public surveillance and border checks, linked to the recent spate of organized crime-linked violence.

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