Cologne police reported 22 sexual assaults on the opening night of the city’s annual carnival, an increase in attacks on last year’s event.

Of the offences reported at the Women’s Carnival Day, two were described as serious, with a woman believed to have been raped on her way home from the event, Deutsche Welle reported.

The other serious incident saw a female news reporter at the carnival being groped live on air.

As well as the string of sexual assaults, there were also 30 thefts reported as well as 143 reports of bodily harm, while 11 poli

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