Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists

Two men have been sentenced to prison in southern France after using a police jacket to trick tourists into a “thorough groping”.

Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists

The men, both 21, stopped passing tourists early last month in the old town of Nice, southern France, telling the unsuspecting passers-by that they were carrying out police checks.

“At the end, we all laughed together,” said one of the sentenced men in court, according to the Nice Matin newspaper.

“They understood it was a joke. There was no violence.”

The court did not see the humour in the situation however, and sentenced the men on Thursday to two months in prison for the comprehensive groping.

“You groped people, you flattened them against the wall, you went through their things, do you not think this made them feel uneasy,” asked the magistrate Dominique Karsenty, according to the paper.

It is alleged that the men stopped three travelers from the UK and two from Romania, subjecting them to what has been described as a thorough groping while frisking them.

However, the men’s poor choice of civilian clothing under the jacket that aroused the tourists’ suspicion.

Underneath the high visibility vest with the word ‘police’ on the back, the two men were wearing casual sportswear, complete with jogging shoes, wrote the paper.

The men claimed to have found the police jacket, with one of them wearing it due to the cold, thus prompting what they thought to be an “amusing” prank.

“If it was a joke, it was in particular bad taste,” said the prosecutor.

The men were convicted of aggravated violence and impersonating police officers. 

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Copenhagen police to limit cars on busy nightlife streets

Copenhagen will limit cars on narrow streets in areas thronging with bars and clubs from June 1st to crack down on nighttime public disturbances, police said on Tuesday.

Copenhagen police to limit cars on busy nightlife streets

The affected streets are all located in lively parts of the capital designated as “nightlife zones”, which police monitor closely, and violations from midnight to 5am will be subject to a 3,000 kroner fine.

“Drivers parade in their cars in the nightlife zones, they accelerate loudly, play loud music, scream at passers-by and generally create insecurity and traffic situations that are downright dangerous,” Copenhagen police chief Tommy Laursen said.

“By banning car traffic, our aim is to prevent all of that,” he added.

The zones are located near Copenhagen’s City Hall, a popular pedestrian area and Kødbyen, the old slaughterhouse neighbourhood in the popular Vesterbro district.

The crackdown does not affect residents, taxis or essential transport such as trash collection, ambulances and delivery vehicles.