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German police arrest suspect in murder of Nottingham gamer

German police in the state of Hesse on Thursday have arrested a man suspected of murdering a 20-year-old student from Nottingham, England in an incident that appears to have been sparked by an online dispute.

German police arrest suspect in murder of Nottingham gamer
Murder victim Matthew Pyke. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

“With information from the Nottinghamshire police and an intense investigation by the Limburg-Weilburg department, a 21-year-old suspect was arrested under suspicion of murder,” police spokesman Bruno Reuscher told The Local on Thursday, adding that there was an internet connection between the two young men.

“Work between the Limburg-Weilburg station and the Nottinghamshire police is running smoothly and successfully,” he said.

In a hearing before a Limburg judge this afternoon, the suspect was ordered to remain in police custody while awaiting extradition to Britain.

The arrest in Hünfelden near Wiesbaden came following a Nottingham police investigation into the late Matthew Pyke’s online gaming hobby.

Pyke, who would have started courses at Nottingham Trent University in October, was found stabbed to death in his flat by girlfriend Joanna Witton on September 19.

Police have been investigating the couple’s connection to a website, Wars Central, for fans of the computer fantasy game Advance Wars, where the couple acted as co-administrators.

Pyke, known as “Shade” on the site, allegedly had an argument with the German gamer who may have sought revenge, the Nottingham Evening Post reported. The site has since been closed to new registration “to protect the privacy of our users,” a site administrator wrote on Thursday.

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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