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Man arrested in connection with knife attacks on three women in Nuremberg

A man has been arrested in connection with the horror knife attacks of three women in Nuremberg, Bavaria.

Man arrested in connection with knife attacks on three women in Nuremberg
Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian interior minister speaking at the press conference on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Police confirmed on Sunday that they had taken a 38-year-old German man into custody on Saturday afternoon.

The suspect had been discovered by a police patrol and was in possession of a knife. Investigators found DNA traces on the weapon and the victims' clothing, reported the Berliner Morgenpost.

The police believe the alleged perpetrator acted alone. German media have been reporting that the suspect has remained silent over the allegations.

The suspect had no permanent residence but was last registered in Berlin. According to Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, he was born in Thuringia.

The man has already been convicted of 18 other crimes. A spokesperson for the police said they had ruled out a terrorist motive for the crime. In addition, the investigation has established that the alleged perpetrator and the victims did not know each other. The motive remains unclear.

As The Local reported, on Thursday three women were stabbed in separate attacks in the St. Johannis district of the city, generating a man hunt involving around 300 police officers.

The attacks happened within a few hours of each other. Around 7:20 p.m. a 56-year-old woman was stabbed in the upper body area and was taken to hospital.

Later, around 10:45 p.m, a 26-year-old woman, who was making her way home at the time, was also attacked with a knife just a few streets away.

Shortly afterwards, a 34-year-old woman was then also stabbed. The latter two women suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. All three underwent emergency surgery.

Police posted on Twitter when they had made the arrest on Saturday and held a press conference on Sunday.

At the press conference, Interior Minister Herrmann, of the Christian Socialists (CSU), praised the police for their quick action and for their increased patrols. “It was important to strengthen the visible police presence in the city,” Herrmann said in Nuremberg.

“One could feel how many people were afraid that the perpetrator was still walking around freely,” he added. “The identification of the alleged perpetrator was very important in order to take away the fear of further attacks from the people of the city.”

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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. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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