Police on Funen fear possible gang conflicts over the weekend
Two gangs and a biker group are all headed to the same party in Odense this weekend, and local cops fear a toxic brew of violence is brewing
The Black Army, Loyal to Familia and the Bandidos are all in Odense at the same time this weekend
The police chief in Odense will ‘suspend the usual procedures’ between Saturday at 12 noon and Sunday at 13:00 and allow officers to stop and search both pedestrians and vehicles for weapons, even though there may be no obvious grounds for suspicion.
What cops called both “internal tensions” and “tensions between rival gangs” and fears of violence has caused them to set up a search zone in an attempt to diffuse any possible confrontations between the groups.
The Bandidos have a strong presence in Odense, and the Black Army, which is the subject of much surveillance from local police, has members in has members in Vollsmose and Aarhus, where half of the local members are already in prison.
Loyal to Familia is a Copenhagen-based group that police say has ties to cannabis trafficking. Some of its members have been convicted of violence and weapons charges.