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Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists

Two men have been sentenced to prison in southern France after using a police jacket to trick tourists into a “thorough groping”.

Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists

The men, both 21, stopped passing tourists early last month in the old town of Nice, southern France, telling the unsuspecting passers-by that they were carrying out police checks.

“At the end, we all laughed together,” said one of the sentenced men in court, according to the Nice Matin newspaper.

“They understood it was a joke. There was no violence.”

The court did not see the humour in the situation however, and sentenced the men on Thursday to two months in prison for the comprehensive groping.

“You groped people, you flattened them against the wall, you went through their things, do you not think this made them feel uneasy,” asked the magistrate Dominique Karsenty, according to the paper.

It is alleged that the men stopped three travelers from the UK and two from Romania, subjecting them to what has been described as a thorough groping while frisking them.

However, the men’s poor choice of civilian clothing under the jacket that aroused the tourists’ suspicion.

Underneath the high visibility vest with the word ‘police’ on the back, the two men were wearing casual sportswear, complete with jogging shoes, wrote the paper.

The men claimed to have found the police jacket, with one of them wearing it due to the cold, thus prompting what they thought to be an “amusing” prank.

“If it was a joke, it was in particular bad taste,” said the prosecutor.

The men were convicted of aggravated violence and impersonating police officers. 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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