In other news … (Oct 19 – 25)

Wolf spotted – Hash nabbed – Politicians and journalists mistrusted

Spotted: Denmark may have seen its first wolf in 200 years. A group of ornithologists spotted a large, wolf-like creature in Thy National Park in northern Jutland this week. The group of nine bird watchers was in the Hanstholm natural reserve spotting white-tailed eagles when the sudden appearance of a larger animal caught their eye, walking 500 metres away and oblivious to their presence. The group took several photos of the animal, which were assessed by Norwegian wolf and dog expert Runar Næss, who declared that it was likely a European wolf. The last registered wolf in Denmark was shot in 1813.

The hash that was stashed. Cops dashed plans to convert it to cash (Photo: Københavns Politi)

Nabbed: A large shipment of hash destined for Pusher Street in Christiania was seized by police on Monday following a long investigation. Two cars driven up from Germany were followed by police to the Fisketorv shopping mall where they were met by a Danish car that escorted them to a garage. Police raided the garage and found four men who had begun to disassemble the van. The men, two Danes a German and a Pole, were arrested and 78.2 kilograms of hash were found hidden within the van. “The action and arrests were a direct result of our investigation,” deputy police inspector Poul Kjeldsen, leader of Task Force Pusher Street, said.

It's a battle of the least trustworthy when journalists (left) grill spin doctors (right) (Photo: Scanpix /Torkil Adsersen)

Distrusted: According to a new analysis by Epinion, Danes don’t much trust spin doctors, politicians, car salesmen and journalists. On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being very low and 5 being very high, spin doctors scored 2.25 in trustworthiness. Following close behind were politicians at 2.28, car salesmen at 2.47 and journalists at 2.54. Despite the feeble reputation endured by journalists, they can find comfort in knowing that their trustworthiness score increased by 0.14 compared to last year’s analysis. Meanwhile, Danes have great faith in nurses, doctors and policemen, who scored 4.03, 3.96 and 3.79 respectively.


When I grow up, I want to be a police horse (Photo: Scanpix/Erik Refner)

Save the horses: A group of residents – both of the human and equine variety – met up at Christiansborg Palace on Monday to protest against the budget-cutting decision by Copenhagen Police to scrap its mounted police programme.

CPH Post Word of the Week: Rokade (noun) – Cabinet reshuffle. Where you heard it: The election of Annete Vilhelmsen as the new head of the Socialistisk Folkeparti led to a shake-up amongst SF’s ministers.

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3. PET agent attempted to “brainwash” Muslims in England

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