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Carnival kick-off in Cologne sees average disorder, police say

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Around 110 criminal charges were laid as revellers kicked off the carnival season in Cologne, police in the western German city reported on Friday. “We had it all – causing bodily harm, pickpocketing, damage to property, resistance to arrest,” a spokeswoman in the city, one of the main centres of the tradition, said. There had also been “sexual offences of a less serious nature,” he added. Police took 32 people into protective custody, mostly for drunkenness, with three detained temporarily. According to the spokesman, the numbers were similar to those in other years. Some 1,000 officers were …

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