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Gun-carrying Danish gang member arrested on bus

A city bus in the town of Ishøj near Copenhagen was stopped on Wednesday as police boarded to arrest a passenger who was carrying a firearm.

Gun-carrying Danish gang member arrested on bus
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The passenger, who is in his twenties, was removed from the bus by police, Ritzau reports.

Police confirmed he is considered to be a gang member.

A police search following his removal from the bus revealed he was carrying the gun. He was on Thursday remanded in custody for four weeks by a judge at Glostrup District Court.

Police prosecutor Louise Arffmann said that the man admitted in the preliminary court hearing to have been carrying a gun on board the bus, as well as in another public location on September 24th.

West Copenhagen Police lead investigator Søren Enevoldsen said the police operation on the bus had taken place “calmly”.

“We had him under control,” Enevoldsen said, adding police did not draw their weapons during the arrest.

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Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

Police in Copenhagen have announced that stop and search zones put in place following a spate of knife violence in the Danish capital will now be lifted, after no further incidents occurred in the last week.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

The stop and search zones (also called “visitation zones”), which were in effect in parts of the Nørrebro and Nordvest neighbourhoods, will not be continued and will expire on Thursday, police confirmed.

Recent weeks have not seen any further incidents, police stated, in reference to a spate of violence that flared in the area at the end of 2022.

When the zones are in effect, police within the zone can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The stop-and-search zone was put in place on December 29th in response to five stabbings within a week in Copenhagen. It was extended on January 5th.

At the time, police said they believed several of the stabbings were between young men associated with criminal circles, but that there had been no sign of a conflict between established crime groups.

In Thursday’s tweet, police said that investigations into the incidents were “progressing”. No arrests have yet been made.

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