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Police Record Multiple Violent Incidents Over Busy Weekend

Capital area police registered nearly 200 incidents over the weekend, including three serious cases of assault, reports Vísir.

Þóra Jónasdóttir, assistant chief of police in the capital region, said in a statement that from Saturday to Sunday evening, ten assaults were reported across the city. Of the three serious assault cases reported, two took place in the Hlíðar neighbourhood, and one took place at Auto, a nightclub in downtown Reykjavík. 

Þóra also stated that weapons were used in several of the assaults, with one case leading to hospitalisation in the emergency room. In total, four arrests were made over the weekend.

In addition to the more serious assault cases, Fréttablaðið also reports an incident over the weekend, in which a man threatened the staff of a downtown restaurant with a knife. The incident is reported as an attempted robbery, and the suspect was taken into custody shortly after.

Partially in response to increased tourism and nightlife following the recent COVID restrictions, the Góða Skemmtun (Have Fun) initiative has been founded through co-operation between the Ministry of Justice, National Commissioner of Police, and Iceland’s emergency services to promote a safer downtown nightlife. 

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