The police are overwhelmed in parts of Europe. Even their politicians have admitted this. Increasingly, citizens are having to step up and protect their own. Case in point:
A German father is being hailed as a hero by police after rescuing his daughter from a refugee rapist and then turning the suspect in.
The 57-year-old man raced to the crime scene in the town of Kleve after his daughter telephoned him to say; ‘There’s a man following me home dad…..’
When he got there the man had punched his daughter almost unconscious, was on top of her and tearing at her clothes after dragging her from the side of the road into undergrowth.
Her dad, who arrived at the scene on a push-scooter, leaped off screaming, hauled the drunken attacker off his daughter and punched him several times.
Police officers survey the area in front of the main train station and the Cathedral in Cologne, , where dozens of apparently coordinated sexual assaults were perpetrated against women on New Year’s Eve last year – many of the suspects were asylum seekers
He then held him down with his body while calling police and an ambulance on his mobile phone.
A patrol car raced to the scene and took the ‘heavily intoxicated’ Syrian into custody. He is facing charges of assault and attempted sexual assault.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment but later released.
Crowds of people gather outside Cologne Main Station in Cologne, Germany, 31 December 2015, when dozens of women were sexually assaulted
The 23-year-old had been to a disco with friends the previous evening, could not find a cab at 5.30am on sunday morning to get home so began the two mile walk to the house she lives in with her parents.
The girl called her father when she began crossing from side to side of the road, each time her would-be attacker trailing her.
Her attacker, 23, is understood to live in an asylum seekers’ home in Kleve.
‘This man in a hero,’ said police. ‘He saved his own daughter from something terrible happening to her.’
Unfortunately, this incident is likely to be repeated many times over throughout Europe, given the massive influx of refugees.
In Cologne Germany, Council group leader and lawyer Judith Wolter said in her letter to the people of Cologne today:
“I want as a member of the Cologne City Council… to submit a travel warning for the carnival time in Cologne city centre.
“Especially the area in and around the central station, the cathedral and the adjoining area towards the banks of the Rhine for tourists (and locals) is no longer considered even in normal times as safe. For months, there is in these areas numerous thefts, open drug dealing, robberies and harassment of all kinds… Dozens of women were sexually harassed in public and there was at least one rape.
“Neither the city nor the police are able to guarantee in the territory described the safety of tourists and locals. Especially for women it must be assumed that a high security risk is here in the evening and night hours. At New Year’s Eve there was a legal vacuum and a no-go area for women. With the climax of the Carnival season it is unfortunately expected to be a similar situation”.
German police have admitted to losing several urban areas to migrant gangs as so-called no-go zones, but this is possibly the first time a public square in the centre of a European city has been acknowledged by officials as having been lost to criminality, and out of the control of police at night.