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Cologne New Year gang assaults: Victim, 18, says up to 30 men groped and robbed her and her 11 friends

The German city of Cologne has been branded a “no-go zone” for women by the 18-year-old victim of sex attack carried out by up to 30 men.

The young woman, who was identified only by the name Michelle, told Germany’s N-TV news network that the attackers surrounded her and a group of 11 female friends during last week’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, repeatedly groped them and then stole their belongings.

Michelle’s claims come as police and Cologne’s own council admitted the city centre was no longer safe for women following reports that marauding gangs of sex attackers were repeatedly accosting them, with at least one formal allegation of rape being made.

Describing her harrowing ordeal, Michelle was quoted by MailOnline as saying: “At around 11pm we were at the main train station and wanted to travel on to see the fireworks and that was when we first noticed all these men standing around.


“We managed to go into the cathedral and wanted to go past the Museum Ludwig to join everyone and watch the fireworks by the river, but suddenly we were surrounded by a group of between 20 and 30 men,” she reportedly added.

Michelle told N-TV that her terrified friends linked arms for safety, but their attackers were “full of anger” and tried pulling them off in separate directions. When that failed the men began groping the young women and stealing items from their pockets, including mobile phones.

Undeterred by the assault, the young women continued with their evening but later ran into a different group of men firing fireworks at one another near Cologne station. In the crush to get on to the platform Michelle lost her friends and subsequently realised she’d missed her last train. Alone, she then had to make her way back through the crowd of men before walking the three miles home.

Michelle’s revelations come just hours after Cologne’s mayor Judith Wolter urged people to avoid the city centre – particularly around the


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