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Father bites son's finger off in New Year's drama
Fireworks ring in 2014 at Malmö's Turning Torso. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Father bites son's finger off in New Year's drama

Published: 01 Jan 2014 10:56 GMT+01:00

The authorities had described the countdown to 2014 as initially quiet but as the clocks edged closer towards midnight there were reports of trouble and fires across the country. 

In Kristinehamn on Sweden's west coast a 50-year-old man was arrested following a domestic incident in which his adult son's finger was apparently bitten off.

"It was a fight that took place in the home. I don't know what it is that sparked off this incident," Ronny Brattström of the Värmland police told Aftonbladet.

Officers arrived on the scene at 3:30 in the morning where the father was arrested on suspicion of assault. His adult son was taken to hospital but the extent of his injuries remains unknown.

Down south in Malmö two prisoners broke free from a correctional facility in Fosie. The alarm was raised just after midnight and a police search party was sent out to retrieve the prisoners without success.

Correction facility authorities said that the men were not considered dangerous but described their escape as a "failure."

"This is the first escape in a long time from Fosie," Birgitta Nilsson who works at the facility told Expressen.

It's understood that the men made their escape by smashing a window and police later found a burnt our car at the Öresund Bridge. Both men had previously been convicted for robberies and weren't residents of Skåne with police suggesting they had likely fled to Denmark.

Also in Skåne a man suffered minor injuries after a rocket was set off from a balcony in Helsingborg which started a fire that spread to three other balconies and subsequently destroyed an entire apartment.

In Gothenburg police reported a number of fights and incidents of assault. A man was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the shoulder in the city centre while three knife wielding thieves robbed a corner shop.

"During the night we had a lot of drunkenness, assaults and fights but nothing astounding or some major bodily injuries," Susanne Arvidsson of the Gothenburg police told the TT news agency.

In the capital there were no serious disturbances reported with police saying that it was a relatively normal New Year's Eve.

"99 out of 100 cases are alcohol related," Eva Nilsson of the Stockholm police told TT.  

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