Police in Östersund in northern Sweden have warned women about being out on their own after dark, but the city’s mayor has trashed the idea. Officers in Östersund held a press conference on Monday, explaining that there had been at least six reports of violence against women in the area since February 20th. “Now the police are going out and warning women against travelling alone in the city. We have seen a worrying trend,” regional police chief Stephen Jerand told Swedish media.
“This is serious, we care about the protection of women and that is why we are going out and talking about this.”
He explained that the recent reported crimes included an attempted rape in the centre of Östersund over the weekend. Police later added that they were also investigating the alleged molestation of a 10-year-old girl at a bus station. (hier)