Further NYE sexual assaults in Helsinki prevented by police tip

Finnish police have reported an abnormally high number of sexual harassment cases in Helsinki on New Year’s Eve. Police also said they received a tip about possible problems and increased security ahead of time.

Finnish police reported on Friday that women in its capital city experienced an unusually high level of sexual harassment on New Year’s Eve. After receiving tips about asylum-seekers’ plans to sexually harass women, police said they greatly increased the number of patrolling officers ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“They had bad purposes in mind,” Helsinki deputy police chief Ilkka Koskimaki told DW, saying those criminal intentions included “sexual abuse, robberies and theft.” He said there were multiple attacks on New Year’s Eve, including three sexual assaults around the central train station. He added that 15 refugees were taken into custody.