Numbers circulating in English-language media about the number of refugees involved in crimes in Cologne on New Year's Eve are wrong, Cologne prosecutors say.

Speaking to The Local, Ulrich Bremer, spokesman for the Cologne prosecution service, said that he could not provide any information on how many of the 73 people currently being investigated in relation to the crimes were asylum seekers.

The Independent reported earlier on Monday that only three of the people under investigation were asylum seekers from Iraq or Syria.

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