The police chief of Cologne has been sacked after his force was slammed over its handling of a string on New Year’s Eve sex attacks by migrants.

Wolfgang Albers was heavily criticised for the police’s response to the attacks on women by the groups of men among a 1,000-strong crowd.

German authorities have now identified 31 people, including 18 asylum-seekers, as suspects in Cologne on New Year’s Eve one of several such incidents in Europe.

Police at first failed to mention the attacks around Cologne’s main train station in their initial morning report on New Year’s Day, describing overnight festivities as ‘largely peaceful.’

Albers, the former police chief, acknowledged that mistake earlier this week, but he dismissed widespread criticism that his officers reacted too slowly in response to reports of assaults and harassment of women.

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