Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

An ordinance zone in Copenhagen that has been in place since the summer will not be renewed after it expires on Thursday.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone
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Copenhagen Police confirmed to Ritzau that the ordinance, which has been extended several times since its implementation on July 20th in a measure against armed violence in the city, will not continue beyond December 22nd.

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.

But with a ceasefire reportedly in place between rival gangs since last month, no recent incidents have been reported.

The stop-and-search zone can be reinstated if it is considered to be necessary to prevent crimes that can endanger lives.

Police can also still search individuals and weapons they consider to be suspicious.

Increased police presence in the Nørrebro area will remain in place after the expiry of the stop-and-search zone.

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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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