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Busy weekend for Reykjavík Police and Ambulances

Public drunkenness and fights in the city centre kept the capital area police force and the Fire Department’s medical transport staff busy this weekend. On Sunday morning, the daily police log wasn’t sent out until the afternoon as there was no time to write one until then. The log states that several announcements of public drunkenness, noise complaints, and fights meant that all the police’s cells were full. They also noted several cases of people driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances and the Fire Department handled more than 250 medical transports. 

The police log states, among other events, that they were notified of two group fights, in one case, where individuals were armed with a knife and a hammer. They also received notice that a fight had broken out in a moving vehicle. A city-centre shop was broken into as well as an unnamed company. Several cars were broken into where windows were smashed and things were stolen. 

On Saturday night, they received notice that a person under the influence was threatening passers-by. They resisted arrest and kicked a police officer. An upset person was walking through the city centre during the night carrying a golf club and tried to flee from the police. By the morning, the police were notified that a drunk person was jumping in front of cars in the city centre, reportedly looking for a ride home. The police found him a taxi. 

The capital area fire department was also quite busy as there were many people in the city centre and a lot of drunkenness and altercations. “The city centre kept us extremely busy, long into the night,” Stefán Kristinsson with the capital area Fire Department told RÚV. “We had a long night with 50-60 medical transportations, which is very much for a night shift.” Stefán added that at no point was the strain on the medical transport staff such that any danger was caused, although they answered over 250 medical transport calls over the weekend. “In addition to the city centre, there has also been some COVID-related transportation.”

One ambulance is out of commission after a bottle was thrown at the car’s rear window. The missile came from a crowd of people and the thrower is unknown.

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