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Germany: Suspects in NYE sexual assaults to receive ‘strictest prosecution’ - Cologne Mayor02:34

Germany: Suspects in NYE sexual assaults to receive ‘strictest prosecution’ - Cologne Mayor

Germany, Cologne
January 5, 2016 at 22:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker and the city's police chief Wolfgang Albers gave a joint press conference in front of Cologne town hall, Tuesday, following an emergency meeting on the reported mass sexual assaults that occurred outside the city's main station during New Year's Eve celebrations.

Reker called behaviour of the group of young men responsible for the assaults "absolutely intolerable" and stated that "the strictest prosecution will be proceeded with." She added that preventive measures would be implemented in the future. This would involve "better protection for those young women and girls who were involved, and for young women and girls in general." "They should be able to party, participate in carnivals, but they should be better prepared for celebrations than they have been this time," Reker added.

Cologne's Police Chief Wolfgang Albers claimed that in the future, a larger police presence will be implemented at such events. "We will also organise an emergency centre, especially for festivals. And there will also be temporary video surveillance from several watch points," he said.

Around 60 complaints of anti-social behaviour and sexual assault were reported, including one case of rape, as hundreds celebrated New Year's Eve in Cologne's city centre.

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Mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker and the city's police chief Wolfgang Albers gave a joint press conference in front of Cologne town hall, Tuesday, following an emergency meeting on the reported mass sexual assaults that occurred outside the city's main station during New Year's Eve celebrations.

Reker called behaviour of the group of young men responsible for the assaults "absolutely intolerable" and stated that "the strictest prosecution will be proceeded with." She added that preventive measures would be implemented in the future. This would involve "better protection for those young women and girls who were involved, and for young women and girls in general." "They should be able to party, participate in carnivals, but they should be better prepared for celebrations than they have been this time," Reker added.

Cologne's Police Chief Wolfgang Albers claimed that in the future, a larger police presence will be implemented at such events. "We will also organise an emergency centre, especially for festivals. And there will also be temporary video surveillance from several watch points," he said.

Around 60 complaints of anti-social behaviour and sexual assault were reported, including one case of rape, as hundreds celebrated New Year's Eve in Cologne's city centre.

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