North Rhine-Westphalia: Police are investigating after a storm because of sensational tourism

Paderborn (dpa / lnw) - After the storm in Paderborn, the police say they are investigating onlookers.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Police are investigating after a storm because of sensational tourism

Paderborn (dpa / lnw) - After the storm in Paderborn, the police say they are investigating onlookers. On Sunday - two days after the devastating storm - there were numerous calls for help from victims. The emergency services spoke of "real sensational tourism". That's why "dozens of dismissals" were pronounced. In addition, there were three corresponding criminal charges, the police said on Monday. In addition, in one case investigations were started into suspected looting in a textile shop and in another into dangerous interventions in road traffic.

In the Riemekepark, in the Paderquell area and in other damaged areas, many passers-by did not keep to the barriers at the weekend. It was said that streamers had been torn off or simply "undermined". In the area of ​​the Dörener Feld industrial area, security companies were commissioned to keep strangers away from the destroyed company buildings. The instructions of the security guards were also disregarded, so that they called the police for assistance. The police deployed several patrols.

Work to repair the storm damage continued on Monday. In many places, officials provided support by blocking roads or securing dangerous spots. There are still life-threatening areas, it said. Residents also have to be careful on private property, because many damaged roofs are not yet secured, the police warned.

Meanwhile, the German Weather Service (DWD) warned of new thunderstorms, gusts of wind and possible severe weather hazards on Monday afternoon in the Paderborn district. The warnings should be taken seriously. Nobody should then stay outdoors, especially in the areas that were not yet safe from the Friday tornado damage. There is a risk of death from falling roof tiles or breaking branches.


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