In Brief: Berlin police sift through new tips on serial rapist after releasing photos

The man is linked to five sexual assaults in Berlin’s Grunewald forest and two more in Brandenburg last month, according to the Berlin public prosecutor's office.

Photo by Maksym Kaharlytskyi on Unsplash

 

By Sylvia Cunningham, Kate Brady and Monika Müller-Kroll

An update to a story we told you about last week – Berlin police say they’ve received about 80 tips after releasing photos of a suspected serial rapist.

Martin Steltner from the Berlin public prosecutor’s office said they believe the man is linked to five assaults in Berlin’s Grunewald forest and two more in Brandenburg last month.

Police say the suspect is around 30 years old, slender, between 5 feet, 7 inches and 6 feet, 1 inch tall (that’s between 1.75 and 1.85 meters), and that he spoke to his victims in English.

You can find the photos and videos of the suspect here.

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The Federal Statistical Office reports that a dramatic slump of exports continued in May. But there may be a glimmer of hope.

Pandemic-related travel restrictions and disruptions in logistics and supply chains have left their marks on German exports.

Compared to last year, the value of German exports fell in May by 29.7% to 80.3 billion euros.

But the silver lining is that compared to April, which marked the lowest point, exports rose by 9%.

The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federal Association of German Industry anticipate there will be a 15 percent decline in exports for the year overall.

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The rain over the past several days won’t be nearly enough for Berlin’s trees to recover from two consecutive hot and dry summers. 

The state’s forestry office says nine out of ten trees in Berlin’s forests are damaged.

Marc Franusch, a spokesman for the office, says oaks — which are the second-most important tree in Berlin’s forests after pines — take a long time to recover from droughts.

The condition of Berlin’s oak trees is especially dire, with at least 59% of them showing significant damage.

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