Hundreds protest in Sweden after police advised women not to walk alone after series of gang rapes

Hundreds took to the streets of Malmo in southern Sweden to protest after three teenage girls were brutally gang raped - and police told women to stay indoors.

The most recent incident involved a 17-year-old girl who was raped by an unknown number of assailants in a children's playground in the early hours of Saturday.

The following day, Malmo police issued a warning to local women not to go outside alone at night, and to walk in pairs or use taxis. 

The first rape took place on November 4, and saw a young woman raped by several assailants after a party in Segevång, north Malmo.

 Just over a week later, a woman was attacked and raped by a number of men at a bus stop in Södervärn, central Malmo.

Before, police in Sweden have retracted their “unfortunate” advice that women should not go out alone after dark, writes Independent

It is thought there is no direct link between any of the cases and police are currently investigating all of the incidents. 

The police officer in charge of the investigation, Anders Nilsson, was quoted in Swedish media saying that women should only go out in pairs or in large groups after darkness, according to the Local. 

Malmö police have now issued a formal statement retracting the remarks and said they were “unfortunate and unclear”.

A Malmö police press spokesperson said that the public should “live their lives as usual” and “not give into fear”.

No CCTV images of the incident were captured but police have secured forensic and mobile phone evidence.

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