In Brief: Berlin and Brandenburg police ask for public’s help in investigating series of sexual assaults

Local police are also asking the victim of an attack on June 25 near Teufelsberg to come forward.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, William Glucroft and Sylvia Cunningham

Berlin and Brandenburg Police are seeking the public’s help on a series of rapes last month.

They are also asking the victim of a June 25 sexual assault on a wooded trail near Teufelsberg to come forward. A witness reported the attack.

Police are investigating whether the Sunday rape of a female jogger in the woods outside Kleinmachnow is related.

That suspect is said to be in his mid-20s, tanned and slender and that he has an eastern European accent.

A police sketch of the suspect is available here.

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Free COVID-19 testing like the Berlin mayor wants won’t be happening anytime soon.

Speaking to public broadcaster rbb, Berlin’s testing coordinator said checking everyone is not the right way to contain the pandemic.

Valerie Kirchberger said mass testing would only be given to people most at risk of getting or spreading the virus, such as medical workers, nursing home staff and teachers.

Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Müller said that he wanted free testing for everyone. Bavaria was the first German state to offer free testing, saying if insurance doesn’t cover it, the government will.

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German police say they have 800 new leads in the 2007 disappearance of a British toddler. 

Police in early June had asked for the public’s help after revealing they were investigating a German man in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. She went missing at a Portugal resort 13 years ago.

Now Christian Hoppe from the German Federal Criminal Police is asking for the public’s help again.

He told public broadcaster ZDF the suspect made a call from a Portuguese number on the day of the 3-year-old’s disappearance. Investigators hope to track down more information about that call.

The suspect has so far not commented on the accusation. His lawyer told German broadcaster RTL the right to remain silent is normal and does not mean he has anything to hide.

This news is brought to you in cooperation with Berliner Rundfunk. 

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