Cars set on fire across Berlin overnight

Ten cars were set on fire across Berlin on Wednesday night and Thursday morning in the second night of disturbances in the city.

Cars set on fire across Berlin overnight
A burnt out car on Alten Jakobstraße, Kreuzberg, on Thursday morning.

Police said four vehicles were set on fire in an hour in Alten Jakobstraße and Alexandrinenstraße in Kreuzberg, Gürtelstraße in Friedrichshain and Dornbrunner Straße in Baumschulenweg.

Another four cars and a scooter were also burnt in Heinrich-Heine-Straße. Then between 5am and 5.30am on Thursday two more cars were damaged by fire in Oderstraße, Neukölln.

In total ten cars and a scooter were damaged. Investigators are not ruling out a political motive, the Berliner Zeitung reported.

On Tuesday night, police were also called to a gang of 20 to 30 masked, black-clad people attacking a building and starting fires in Kreuzberg.

Witnesses called police just before 9pm to the corner of Engledamm and Michaelkirchplatz.

The group was throwing stones and paint bombs at a building on the corner, but had fled by the time police arrived. They also set a construction barrier and a Volkswagen on fire.

Police also found a second home in Engeldamm had been damaged with stones. 

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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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