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Department store robbery causes major police response in Copenhagen

An attempted robbery at department store Illum was the cause of a large-scale police response in Copenhagen late on Thursday afternoon.

Department store robbery causes major police response in Copenhagen
Police respond to an alert of an armed man at the Illum store in central Copenhagen. Photo: Jens Astrup/Ritzau Scanpix

One person has been arrested, while another was detained by law enforcement while police assess that individual’s potential connection to the incident, duty officer Henrik Brix with Copenhagen Police told Ritzau.

Police were present in large numbers in the centre of the city on Thursday afternoon.

“We received a report of an armed man in Illum, which we reacted to,” Brix said.

The officer was unable to initially say whether the attempt had resulted in any goods being stolen.

Illum was closed as a result of the police operation, and trains were instructed not to stop at nearby Nørreport and Kongens Nytorv stations.

Both stations have since re-opened.

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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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