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Axl Rose arrested after Stockholm drunken brawl

Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose was taken into custody by Stockholm police on Tuesday morning after allegedly biting a hotel security guard.

”He has been taken into custody, but I can’t comment on anything more than that,” police spokesman Lars-Erik Larsson told The Local.

Officer Towe Hägg said the rock star was in a cell still drunk at 11 am on Tuesday. She said he is being charged with damaging property, assaulting a security guard, and threatening police in the squad car on the way to the station.

“We have a rock star, but we won’t confirm the name yet,” Hägg told The Local. “I’m not sure if he was taken away in handcuffs, but he is in the drunk cell and we are waiting for him to sober up before we talk to him.”

Hägg said the cell is between seven and eight square meters and has a mattress. She said the star will have a chance to contact a lawyer when he speaks to police, adding that drunks can only be in the cell for a maximum of six hours before police speak to them.

The rock star, who played a concert Monday night in the capital’s Globen arena, was taken into custody by Stockholm police after reportedly fighting with a woman early Tuesday.

A hotel security guard tried to break up the fight when he was hit and bitten by Rose, reported Aftonbladet.

“We have no comment for now, but he was taken shortly before 8 am this morning,” said Lotta Dracken, marketing manager at Berns Hotel told The Local. “I have been told by my superiors not to say more than what the police are saying.”

The 30-year-old security guard, who broke up the fight between a woman and Rose, was bitten in the leg and taken to a hospital for evaluation Tuesday morning.

“He was taken to the hospital this morning in order to see if there was any risk of him getting tetanus,” said Antonio Saluena, the chef of the private security company employing the injured guard, according to Aftonbladet.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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