DAVID DAVIES MP: FOREIGN OFFICE SHOULD UPDATE TRAVEL ADVICE FOR WOMEN TRAVELLING TO GERMANY

THE Foreign Office is being urged to update its travel guidance for women heading to Germany following sex attacks and mob violence in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

Monmouth MP David Davies has written to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond asking for travel advice to reflect recent events.

German authorities say the number of criminal complaints filed after festivities in Cologne on December 31 has risen to over 500 – 40 per cent of which relate to allegations of sexual assault.

Victims described chaos in the square outside the city’s main railway station where about 1,000 people, mostly men, had congregated before breaking off into small groups that molested and robbed women.

The scale of the attacks in Cologne and other German cities, including Hamburg and Stuttgart, has shocked the country while police handling of the events has been heavily criticised.

“These attacks were of a nature and scale that has never before been seen in Europe,” said Mr Davies in his letter.

“Sadly, elected officials and police officers are quoted as saying they cannot guarantee the safety of women in cities like Cologne.

“The Foreign Office website already contains warnings about the specific dangers confronting female and gay travellers in other parts of the world, especially the Middle East.

“As large numbers of people from across the continent, including Britain, will visit Europe for the pre-Lent carnival season (Fasching), I believe the government should consider placing similar warnings on the website for single women who may wish to travel to certain cities in Germany.”

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