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Sexual harassment complaints double at Cologne Carnival

Published 05/02/2016

Revellers walk in the rain at the start of the street carnival in Cologne (AP)
Revellers walk in the rain at the start of the street carnival in Cologne (AP)

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."

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