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Purported paedophile attacked in Bremen after TV report

A 50-year-old man was severely beaten at his home in northwest Germany by a mob believing they recognized him from a television programme about paedophiles, police said on Thursday.

Purported paedophile attacked in Bremen after TV report
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In what authorities called a case of “vigilante justice”, the assailants will face charges of attempted murder.

The incident occurred on Tuesday after a television show was aired in which reporters attempt to contact suspected paedophiles via the internet.

The programme showed a man whose behaviour was deemed by the reporters to be suspicious.

After it was aired, local viewers thought they recognized the man and his address, went to his home and beat him savagely, leaving him critically injured.

The victim's life is no longer in danger and police said they had no reason to believe that he or anyone else from his block of flats was guilty of child abuse.

No suspects have been arrested and police asked the public for tips.

“The Bremen police stress that no one has the right to take justice into their own hands,” they said in a statement.

“Vigilante justice is intolerable. It is the task of prosecutors and the police to investigate crimes.”

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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