Sexual harassment complaints double at Cologne Carnival
Police in Cologne have received more than twice the usual number of criminal complaints alleging crimes of a sexual nature during the first day of this year's street carnival.
A spokeswoman attributed the rise to greater awareness and sensitivity following the public uproar over sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve.
Twenty-two allegations, ranging from insults of a sexual nature to one claim of rape, were filed with police on Thursday and overnight. A Belgian TV reporter was groped live on camera by an unidentified person.
Last year there were 10 such criminal complaints.
Police spokeswoman Dorothee Goebel said: "The way people file criminal complaints has changed since New Year's Eve, and that's good."