Threats close Oslo school for second time

The Oslo primary school Grünerløkka was closed on Monday for the second time in recent weeks as police decide to take online threats seriously.

Threats close Oslo school for second time
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Officials closed the Grünerløkka school after threats to the school were posted on Instagram. The school wrote on its website that it will close the school and send students to nearby schools while police investigate the situation. 
“We are aware that there have been direct death threats against students and we received a complaint. From our side, the case is being investigated. The school itself considered the threat to be big enough to choose alternative teaching on Monday,” Oslo Police spokesman Steiner Hausvik said. 
An education spokesman for Oslo Municipality told Aftenposten that the likelihood of the threat being real is quite small. 
“At the same time, we need to take precautions and deal with this as if it was an actually threat. We will do that until we have identified the source of the threat,” Dag Hovde Haugen said. 
The school, located in one of Oslo’s trendiest areas, was also closed on November 13th due to an anonymous bomb threat delivered via Instagram. 


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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