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One dead, one injured in asylum home fight

One man is dead and another in hospital following a fight at an asylum seeker community in Wolfsburg on Wednesday night. Sixty police officers were called to reports of a mass brawl.

One dead, one injured in asylum home fight
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The fight had dispersed by the time police arrived shortly after 8.30 pm, leaving only two seriously injured men in its wake.

Both men were taken to hospital where one succumbed to his injuries. The other remains in intensive care following the beating, police spokesman Sven-Marco Claus told The Local on Thursday morning. 

No arrests have been made.

The asylum home with more than 30 rooms in the Fallersleben neighbourhood has now been closed off as a crime scene as police continue their investigation.

The residents have been moved to an alternative accommodation. 

Emergency calls, which came from within the community, also reported shots fired, though Wolfsburg police have yet to find evidence of guns having been used, Claus said.

"We're now investigating where these gun shot reports came from and if there was any merit," he said.

Buses cleared out the residence following the fight. Claus said those living there are from various communities in Africa, but police have determined the fight was not politically motivated.

Police from Wolfsburg, Gifhorn, Königslutter, Salzgitter, Helmstedt and Braunschweig, including dog patrols, were all at the scene.

After finding trails of blood that left the grounds, a police helicopter was used to search for more injured people, though none were found. 

SEE ALSO: 'Germany can handle more refugees'

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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.

READ ALSO: The German rules of the road that are hard to get your head around

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. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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