Increased police preparedness for unrest after double murder

Flowers are put down by Wilds Memory schoolKristiansand.Flowers are put down by Wilds Minne school : Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

Preparedness has been increased sharply in Kristiansand as a result of the double murder on Monday. Police and municipal employees have told of criminal behaviour among youth groups in the southern town,and they fear trouble after week’s events.

‘We are familiar with many rumours and there has been hate speech. There has also been talk of retaliation among young people. Therefore, we have created a stronger contingency plan to be put into practice’, said Sylwia Obuchowicz in Kristiansand municipality to Fædrelandsvennen.

This weekend, there will be extra night time civilian patrols (natteravner), and police on the streets. Churches and youth clubs will be open.

‘Some people have conspiracy theories, and we want to be out among the youth to correct, calm down and help’, said Obuchowicz.

Childhood Director (Oppvekstdirektør), Arild Rekve, has previously said that the municipality has children as young as 11 or 12 who are part of criminal gangs.

A police and council report last year described a youth environment where drug use and sales, violence, and intimidation are widespread.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today