(ZEROHEDGE) – The western German town of Bornheim has banned adult male asylum seekers from its indoor public pool after some German women complained of harassment.

“There have been complaints of sexual harassment and chatting-up going on in this swimming pool … by groups of young men, and this has prompted some women to leave (the premises),” the town’s deputy mayor said.

Bornheim, as it turns out, is just a stone’s throw away from Cologne where a wave of sexual assaults allegedly perpetrated by men of “Arab origin” at a New Year’s Eve festival has mushroomed into a bloc-wide scandal.

Now, officials from across Europe are struggling to deflect criticism and devise a way to ensure that women are safe in large crowds.

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