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Gang related violence – visitation zone prolonged in Nørrebro/Nordvest districts in Copenhagen

Criminal groups are fighting amongst themselves, knives have been found and therefore the visitation zone has been prolonged.

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By Bente D. Knudsen    Picture: Københavns Politi

Copenhagen has seen a range of violent incidents since the 24 December 2022 with several stabbing incidents.

The police investigation has led to several arrests and it is the evaluation of the Copenhagen Police that the incidents are related to altercations between two groups of young people who are related to the crime scene in the area.

The visitation zone has been in place since the 8 February and has led to the find of approximately 20 knives which had been hidden at several public locations. Therefore, it has been decided to prolong the visitation zone in the area until the 8 March.

“We have found several knives in the area and to ensure the safety and security of the residents we have decided to prolong the timeframe of the visitation zone in which we will continue to be visible and active. We presume that the weapons found were meant to be used for new attacks between the two groups and therefore it is good that they are no longer accessible,” says Jesper Bangsgaard, Deputy Police Inspector at the Copenhagen Police.

The visitation zone is established in parts of inner Nørrebro and the Copenhagen district of NV (Nordvest) and runs until 8 March at 18:00.

The visitation zone applies to the area:
Peblinge Dossering – Sortedam Dossering – Fredensgade – Tagensvej – Jagtvej – Lersø Parkallé – Tuborgvej – Bispebjergvej – Orgelbyggervej – Rådvadsvej – Utterslevvej – Hareskovvej – Borups Allé – Bispeengbuen – Ågade – Åboulevard – Peblinge Dossering.

Find out what it means below.

A visitation zone means that the police can stop people on the street, on their bicycles or in their cars to check their possessions,search their bags and even a body search, if needed, may be done.

Under normal circumstances they are not allowed to do so randomly but must have a “reasonable suspicion”.

The aim of the visitation zone is to meet the local population’s safety and security concerns by ensuring that people in the area do not carry or possess weapons.

According to the polic visitation zones are effective measures in the police’s efforts to remove weapons from the streets.

Knives not allowed in the visitation zone – find out more below.

If you are not yet aware of it, then take note not to bring even a small pocket knife when you are in the visitation zone area.

Also in public areas, at any time, small pocket knives such as those used with a bottle opener below 7 cm are only allowed if they can be said to have a valid reason for being in your possession,for instance you are going on a picnic.

In general you are not allowed to carry knives in a public area.

Even small pocket knives, below 7 cm,  are not allowed when you go out during the evening to a nightclub, restaurant, coffee house or any other public area during the night, what the Danish police call “generelt knivforbud i nattelivet“.

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