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Shell and 7-Eleven strike store deal

7-Eleven is set to take over the running of Shell's Swedish stores.

Shell and 7-Eleven’s Norwegian owner Reitan have pledged to invest over 600 million kronor for the development of 269 petrol stations in the Nordic regions.

“By cooperating we will each be able to focus on what we do best: petrol and fuel for Shell, and for us developing service station stores through our 7-Eleven concept,” Johannes Sangnes, Reitan’s Swedish CEO told news agency TT.

The new ten-year contract means that 7-Eleven’s Swedish operation will swell from 77 stores, most of which are located in the major cities, to 189 stores nationwide.

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Mowing Swede finds live bombshell in garden

A man in southern Sweden, busy mowing the lawn of his private garden near his home between Trelleborg and Ystad, was shocked to see something unexpected sticking out of the ground.

Mowing Swede finds live bombshell in garden

“Suddenly he saw something protruding from the ground, and he realized that it is some sort of a shell,” said police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The man quickly alerted the authorities and according to the police the explosive device is deemed to be of the 50 kilogrammes calibre.

“We think that it is live and that is also the information we have received from the military so we will work from that,” said Westford.

Police have set up an incident control centre in the area, with some 30 officers at the scene, to evacuate an area within a 900 metres radius of the explosive device and keep residents informed of what is going on.

When all the residents have been brought to safety, the military bomb group will free the bomb from the ground, and it will then be removed so that experts can disarm or blow up the device under controlled conditions.

The nearby highway Riksväg 9, between Skateholm and Hörte, will also remain closed until the device has been moved.

Police have no idea where the shell comes from and how long it has been in the earth beneath the private garden.

“It could be as old as dating back from the First World War,” said Mia Sandgren, of the Skåne county police, to daily Dagens Nyheter.

What is unusual is that the device was found in a private garden and not near the coast or on a beach, according to Sandgren.

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