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A couple of Danish gamers indulging in some light PlayStation shoot-'em-up action were on Saturday night treated to a visit by uniformed blokes carrying real guns after concerned neighbours called in the cops. As far as we can make out from this report, two young men from Valby near Copenhagen were giving it some stick on a …

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HDTV+Surround Sound for the LOSE

I can see the warning labels now :D

Warning, purchasing this b*tch-ass TV and stereo may result from a visit from the cops :D

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better safe than sorry

I think its good not stupid at all

Reminds of this other case where some girls were pulled over dressed as cowgirls for having fake guns

http://www.4to40.com/newsat4/index.asp?id=1051

tbh though i dont think it warranted arresting the girls

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They're lucky they don't live in the UK

Over here they'd be arrested, charged, and their DNA taken before they could say "innocent until proven guilty" -- then they'd have bogus charges outstanding for a few months.

Glad to see some countries aren't as fucked as ours.

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lol

in that case my neighbours must think there is a full blown alien invasion war running alongside the british GP

so far my GTA4 turned up full whack has not illicited a visit by the local constabulary

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MET style

bah if that happen in london, they will have right now 7 bullet in their heads.

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Hmm

"They've been shooting at each other for the last 30 minutes, officer! What? No, there's been no broken glass or sounds of movement"

They probably called them to get them to turn the noise down, gonna be more careful with the volume if the ARU bust through your window one night..

*Takes note as he lives directly behind a large police station*

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Have to remember that

Its one way to get the cops round if your neighbours won't turn down the bloody volume!!!

Then again, with UK police they will probably turn up about 2 hours later when they think the perpetrators have fled......

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That went well

No, really. In the US you'd be tasered twice before they got the cuffs on you, then you'd spend a week in jail before they finally got off their thumb and cut you loose, and then you'd be expected to pay for the privilege. Then you'd come home to find that your neighbors wouldn't be budged from believing that you're actually a child-molesting Al Qaeda heroin dealer, and the next morning you'd go to work only to find that you'd been fired for unscheduled absence. (And don't forget, being fired for cause disqualifies you from collecting unemployment benefits!)

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Planks

Unless they were playing a very mild 'shoot em up' style game, the sound of multiple automatic weapons blasting away thousands of rounds of ammunition with no external sign of damage to the apartment would probably have given the game away to anyone of avereage intelligence. Says a lot about the people.

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True story - sadly.

The background is that there is an ongoing low-level intimidation campaign between immigrant gangs and the local "boyz", mainly Hells Angels and their subsidiary AK81, who previously used to run all the drug dealing in Denmark but now are facing competition.

The gangsters usually fire off a clip or two mostly without hitting anything or anyone - they just want to show the other gang that they "got gunz too".

The police always respond - they are gagging to nick these people.

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Getting them early

If they're playing a violent game then it's obviously just a matter of time before they become real life killers and start shooting up their neighbours. It's a good thing the police got there first. </sarcasm>

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Lionel Baden

is an anagram of "Ole Bin Laden". Someone tell the cops, quick. We've found him and he's hiding on here...

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Not the real story

I think the only reason this made the news was the fact that someone called the cops in Copenhagen and they actually bothered their arses to turn up. That's headline news. Lazy, useless bastards, believe me.

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Too bad they did not get blasted

at least it would have prompted to some village idiots the use of headsets rather than pestering the whole neighborhood with inane TV volume.

Good enough though, now residents have a way to make stop noisy neighbors.

Mine's the one with the "reactionary" tag name and the muffled turtle neck.

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@Mr B

Yes but if you have the headphones on how are you supposed to hear the child-molesting Al Qaeda heroin dealer sneaking up behind you to batter you to death and to steal your jaffa cakes?

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@Aaron

Nah, we in the US are used to hearing the real thing. Dolby 7.1 has nothing on a 12 gauge or 9mm.

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This happened to me about 15-20 years ago

Living in a midlands town, walking down the street early in the night with a mate, Stu, who had a large water pistol (dunno why) moulded in a classical sub machine gun shape and got stopped by two plainclothes coppas who were determined to examine it.

Why?

"well sir, we need to check it's not real"

I can't fault their attitude, they were impeccably polite and Stu was happy to help, but to this day I can't understand what was going on. If there was the remotest chance it was real they'd not be hopping out for a quick gander.

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@Aaron

No, really. In the US you'd be tasered twice before they got the cuffs on you

Not if you're a BART rider. They hold you down and put a bullet in your head.

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@ac/Aaron

Not if you're a BART rider. They hold you down and put a bullet in your head.

In fairness that different. Its the whole minority thing trying to catch a the train. Look at the Brazilian that shot running to catch train. Lesson here is don't run after trains if you are dark skin. Hell in fact avoid the trail all to gather.

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When I was a kid...

I had a rich friend whose father bought him and his brother some theatrical-quality prop guns to play with. I think they were called "blowback guns" or something; they fired some type of blank ammo for use in theatrical plays and whatnot.

So these two knuckleheads start chasing each other around a Dunkin' Doughnuts in New Jersey, blasting away at each other. Everyone inside panics, thinking it's some kind of bank robbery type thing (this was back before gangs were the Big Thing).

The police are of course called. My friend happens to notice an entire line of patrol cars sneaking up on the Dunkin' Doughnuts, and the guys hide the toy guns in the back of his beat-up car.

The cops were NOT amused. They confiscated all the "guns", arrested the two guys, made their parents bail them out, and fined them, I think for something like criminal stupidity and wasting police resources (whatever they actually called it).

He never saw the "guns" again, but he got a good story out of it.

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They're lucky they don't live in the UK

"Over here they'd be arrested, charged, and their DNA taken before they could say "innocent until proven guilty" -- then they'd have bogus charges outstanding for a few months."

No,. Over here they would have been shot and the police commissioner would have failed to resign

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@iRadiate

>>"No,. Over here they would have been shot and the police commissioner would have failed to resign"

I thought here that generally things less suspicious than 'videogame gunfire' are considered just cause for being shot by the police (at least, in London) - things like getting on a tube train in Brixton, carrying a table leg in Camden, or driving a yellow Mini while entirely unarmed in Kensington.

Of course, in the last two cases, the victims were obviously to blame for [allegedly] looking like they might be *thinking* of making threatening moves with the guns they didn't have.

Excluding armed siege situations, where even the Met probably has enough time to be confident that there really is at least some kind of actual threat, when was the last time a criminal was *correctly* shot in London?

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Yeah, I know

I was playing Duke Nukem 3D and my place was suddenly surrounded by Pig-Cops!

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nice to see

Good to see we all have faith in the reliability of our respective police forces, eh?

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If he'd been in the UK, blah, blah, blah...

I don't understand all this rhetoric about "lucky he was not in the UK and dark skinned" etc... I remember years back, possibly early eighties when a chap was dragged from his mini in Kengsinton High Strret by armed police and almost had a bullet put in his head. This was also a case of mistaken identity, I believe he was mistaken for an IRA member. The difference is that now the stakes are higher and back then suicide bombers were unheard of. If the possibility of suicide bombing had been around then this white presumed terrorist would have met the same fate as the more recent case. In fact given the never admitted to, shoot to kill policy, he's pretty lucky he wasn't shot anyway.

Police shoot people who are deemed to pose a threat. Argue about the level of what that threat should be but don't lower yourself to believing it is based on skin colour.

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@Chris W

>>"I remember [...] when a chap was dragged from his mini in Kengsinton High Strret by armed police and almost had a bullet put in his head. This was also a case of mistaken identity, I believe he was mistaken for an IRA member."

Actually, I think he (Stephen something or other?) was mistaken for someone who'd non-fatally shot a police officer, with the identification seemingly being based effectively on the model and colour of car. IIRC, he was shot through the car window after [allegedly] making some 'suspicious move', obviously not having read the manual on how to act non-suspiciously in every possible circumstance, so it was clearly all the victim's fault, as usual.

Fortunately, he survived, but he very nearly didn't.

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shenannigans shenannigans shenannigans

"A comment is required" ... why fucking bother? Some bastard at ElReg chose to ignore my last one although I now see two other people were allowed to write exactly the same thing.

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Re: shenannigans shenannigans shenannigans

Yes dear - I nixed it because the point had already been made. I am sorry. Would you like a biscuit? Well, I haven't got any.

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Evil Sarah

true story.

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A Policeman's lot is not a happy one

The poor buggers are derided ,no matter what by those who image that they are showing intellect.

Try doing without coppers for a while , you will not find that at all

funny.

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Try doing without coppers

@elderlybloke .. Oh, you mean like in some parts of Britain, after 9pm?

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Funny that the IRA and race...

...should be mentioned in the same comment. The so-called Ring of Steel was set up around the City of London's financial centre to control vehicle access and prevent the IRA from driving carbombs in. IRA members are pretty well exclusively Irish and white. With this in mind, the police manning the Ring of Steel had an extraordinary penchant for stopping black people.

And need I remind everyone of the Lara Croft incident, where the owner of said gun-toting promotional mannequin was arrested, detained, and charged with firearms offences?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/17/lara_croft_bust/

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Charge the neighbours

Seriously, did the neighbours honestly confuse a playstation game for a real shooting? There are three options here, so far as I can tell:

* The complainant was senile and really made an honest mistake.

* The complainant rang up to complain about the noise and the inexperience operator heard the words shooting and gun fire and jumped to a stupid conclusions.

* The complainant was fed up no response to their complaints about the nuisance noise, so made up a malicious complaint in the hope of homicide by cop. I think this is the most likely case.

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@elderlybloke

We do.

We never see them.

You need money and/or influence to see any help from the police.

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Quality of sound

Even the PS3 playing the latest games through a few grands worth of sound system wouldn't sound like actual gunfire.

I remember the first time I fired a shotgun- one of the first things I thought was "Wow, that's a lot different to how I expected it to sound."

So if they were playing anything other than "shotgun sound simulator 2009" or something similar, I doubt that anyone with an ounce of sense could have honestly thought it to be genuine gunfire. If it was an FPS they probably went through more rounds than were spent in the trenches of the Somme.

One of their neighbours must just have wanted them to shut up!

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Wot, no "exclusive photos"?

Where's the pics then?

I mean, this is Denmark after all . . . you know . . . home of Lego, and all that.

Can't believe Lester is now getting too laggardly to "get his kit out"

Standards of journalism at Reg going downhill again I see. Hmmmph!

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