Copenhagen police arrest hit-and-run driver

Police in Copenhagen arrested a motorist early on Wednesday on suspicion of having run over two pedestrians.

Copenhagen police arrest hit-and-run driver
A February 2018 file photo of Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scapix

The man was detained on suspicion of driving into the pedestrians and subsequently fleeing the scene, Copenhagen Police duty officer Henrik Stormer confirmed.

“We have apprehended a man in west Copenhagen. The man was born in 1987,” Stormer said.

A car drove through a red light near the Kongens Nytorv square in central Copenhagen just before 10pm on Tuesday, hitting two pedestrians on Gothersgade, an adjoining street.

“The driver subsequently jumped out of the car and ran off,” Stormer said late on Tuesday.

A large police presence could be observed at Kongens Nytorv shortly after the incident, with a number of vehicles and barriers placed at the scene.

Police set in motion a search for the subject, who was arrested at around 3:30am in the west of the city.

The man was due to speak to investigators on Wednesday morning, Stormer said.

The two pedestrians were not seriously injured, the officer added.

“One has suffered a few knocks that won’t require treatment, the other has light injuries,” he said.

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Denmark says 450 extra police officers will strengthen response to rape, assault and break-ins

Victims of violence and rape in Denmark are Monday today guaranteed police offers will be dispatched to assist if they need acute help.

A file photo of a police motorcycle. A new Danish police guarantee requires officers to be dispatched to attend all reports of assault and rape as well as locations of break-ins.
A file photo of a police motorcycle. A new Danish police guarantee requires officers to be dispatched to attend all reports of assault and rape as well as locations of break-ins. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Police are also now required to attend addresses within 24 hours after reports of a break-in.

The new standards are included in a new “police guarantee” confirmed by the Ministry of Justice in a statement. The guarantee was included in the police funding bill voted through by parliament in December 2020.

Justice minister Nick Hækkerup said that police can meet that guarantee, pointing to the provision in the police bill to add 450 officers to Denmark’s police forces during the course of 2021, 2022 and 2023.

But the trade union for the police, Politiforbundet, says that the total police force must be increased by 5,000 officers if the guarantee is to be lived up to.

“I am completely confident in relation to the extra resources which will be added to the police in coming years being enough to fulfil the guarantee,” Hækkerup said.

“I want to see their calculations,” the minister said in relation to the police union’s number.

“That is equivalent to us needing to increase our police staffing by 50 percent to be able to meet the guarantee we have set,” he added.

The police union has also criticised the guarantee because they see it could result in other tasks being delayed.

“Then there wouldn’t be enough resources for tasks like domestic incidents, traffic accidents and mentally ill member of the public,” the union’s leader Heino Kegel said.

Hækkerup rejected the suggestion resources would be pulled away from other areas.

“It’s not as if this is a completely new task. It’s a task we already undertake,” he said.

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