The chief of police in Cologne has been "relieved of his duties" after a series of violent attacks and sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve, Reuters reports, citing a state government source.
Wolfgang Albers, aged 60, faced heavy criticism over his handling of the attacks, in which around 1,000 "foreign-looking" men mugged, threatened and assaulted women in the city centre as they rang in 2016.
He has reportedly now been told by state interior minister Ralf Jaeger that he would be given early retirement.
An official announcement is expected later today.
The police chief in the town of Cologne is set to resign following mass sexual assaults on women on New Years, a government source has told Reuters.
Police in the town had been criticised for failing to take action as gangs of men assaulted dozens of women in the town centre.
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