By LIZZIE STROMME/ EXPRESS
COPENHAGEN police are fighting an uphill battle to stop thugs from setting cars on fire as the capital has been plagued with more than 200 arsonist attacks in just nine months.
Since New Year’s Eve cars have been set alight in more than 110 different locations in Denmark’s capital.
Over the weekend another eleven burning cars were reported in Copenhagen and police have now detained a 17-year-old for one of the blazes.
The teenagers was reportedly arrested after acquaintances noticed that he had suffered burns.
Police are fighting an uphill battle to stop thugs from setting cars on fire
After appearing in court on Monday, the teenager admitted to having started a car blaze in Amager.
However the 17-year-old denied that he had torched the car on behest of another.
Since New Year’s Eve cars have been set alight in more than 110 different locations
We were contacted by people who know him —Copenhagen Police inspector Jens Møller
A police spokesperson said that the arsonists remain on the lose, despite the force deploying more officers to the streets.
The arrest of the 17-year-old is the second Copenhagen police have made in connection with the arsonist attacks.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection to the first batch of fires in August but the attacks have continued and show no sign of decreasing.
On Monday, Mr Møller told TV2 that investigators are working on several different theories.
One theory the police are working with is that the string off car fires has been sparked by the wide media coverage, which has inspired other to do the same.
Another possibility is that one or more perpetrators are engaged in what the police inspector called “an exciting game with the authorities”.
It is also believed the arsonists might have been inspired by the recent blazes which have ripped through Malmo in Sweden.