Man arrested for attack on woman in wheelchair

Oslo police on Wednesday arrested a man in connection with the brutal assault of a 40-year-old woman in a wheelchair two weeks ago.

The suspect was brought in just hours after police put out an appeal for help in the media, newspaper Aftenposten reports.

”Tips from members of the public enabled us to arrest a man charged with assault. Furthermore, we’re now looking for another man who has been named,” said Shahin Manjothir at the Grønland police station.

The brutal assault took place on a pedestrian bridge between Oslo’s central train station and bus terminal at around 1pm on June 6th.

In an apparently unprovoked attack, the main assailant kicked the woman so hard that she fell out of her wheelchair and was knocked unconscious.

”We don’t know what was behind the attack and want to get answers on whether it may have been racially motivated,” said Manjothir.

On Wednesday, police released surveillance footage showing the primary suspect wearing a black jacket with the initials SATS on the back. The other man was wearing a yellow jacket and accompanied the alleged aggressor before, during and after the attack.

Both men have what police described as a Nordic appearance. The man in the black jacket is around 180cm tall and appears to have a muscular physique, police said. The second man is around the same height and has a sturdy build.

Oslo police have asked anybody who may have witnessed the attack, or may have information about the suspects, to contact them at: 22 66 99 66.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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