Band of “extremely violent” youths unmasked by Zurich police

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A Zurich police investigation that began in December 2011 into a series of holdups and violent attacks on 38 people that left 14 with injuries has resulted in a group of 10 youths facing charges. The 10, ages 15 to 19, are of three nationalities, including two Swiss, with 9 of them […]

Fewer youth suicides in Geneva thanks to strong prevention efforts, say HUG

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The number of suicides by young people has fallen steadily in Geneva over the past 10 years and in 2010 the figure reached less than 2 per 100,000. Prevention is the key, according to the HUG university hospitals, which 10 September hosted a meeting on suicide prevention among young adults. Suicide is […]

Northern French city sees second night of violence

16 police officers injured, no arrests, 3 public buildings partially destroyed GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Amiens, in the north of France, became the scene of a violent confrontation Monday night, 13 August, between about 100 youths and 110-120 police officers. By the end of the night in Amiens-Nord, one of 15 hot spots targeted by the […]

Eight minors arrested in regional theft ring

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Valais have arrested a group of 16- and 17-year-olds who have been operating a theft ring in canton Valais, stealing some CHF100,000 worth of goods during 23 robberies. They broke into gas stations, public offices, businesses and shopping centres. The eight all have police records and the group committed […]

Valais youth dies, week after fight

Valais climbing death: trainee guide falls to his death SION, SWITZERLAND – A 17-year-old Valais youth died in hospital Friday 12 August, a week after being involved in an altercation with a 15-year-old in the village of Réchy. The young man was kicked in the chest and lost consciousness Saturday 1 August during a village […]

French tourists attacked in Monthey, 2 women shot

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 21-year-old French woman was shot in the hip late Sunday, say Valais police, when she and two companions, also French, were attacked in Monthey by a gang of five to six men. Another of the women was injured in the face by a bb gun pellet. The trio was returning to […]

British climber dies on Aiguille de Midi, 2nd youth rescued

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One young man has died and a second has been rescued by an emergency team on the Aiguille de Midi in the Chamonix region of France, the Tribune de Geneve reports. The newspaper was told by Chamonix police that the two 19-year-olds were climbing the north face of the Aiguille de Midi […]

Driver critical, children slightly injured in Europapark bus crash

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The driver of a bus returning a group of 12- to 25-year-olds from a day at Europapark in Rust, Germany is in critical condition after the bus inexplicably crashed on its return trip. Fifteen of the young people suffered minor injuries after the bus veered off the A5 autoroute near Heitersheim, rolling […]

Police in Vaud, Valais arrest youths for theft

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND  – Two groups of youths were pulled in by police, one in Vaud, the other in canton Valais, in connection with separate series of robberies and vandalism. Police in Valais are also warning of a rise in house break-ins, and they are asking people to be vigilant about locking their homes and keeping […]

Suspect charged with attempted murder in Lausanne police shooting (update)

Update  Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Authorities in Vaud have arrested a man in connection to the 26 February shooting that left two women injured in Lausanne. He phoned police shortly before 03:00 early Monday 28 February, admitting to the crime, and he turned himself in to police in Mont-sur-Lausanne shortly afterwards. He said he did […]