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Police car hit with parking fine during armed robbery

A parking attendant in Landskrona in southern Sweden took advantage of an armed bank robbery on Thursday to slap a ticket on a police car parked outside a branch of the Nordea bank in the town centre.

A passing photographer looked on in disbelief as the meticulous metre man took down the vehicle’s registration details.

“I asked if he hadn’t seen that there had just been a bank robbery,” Thomas Friström told the Kvällsposten newspaper.

“He replied: ‘I couldn’t give a crap?’ I could hardly believe my ears.”

When Friström pointed out that the police had a right to park wherever necessary in an emergency, the parking attendant expressed indifference and walked away.

But the traffic warden’s employer took a different view when informed of the incident.

“After the parking attendant became aware that he had made a mistake, he went back to the police and retracted the fine,” council spokeswoman Charlotte Vahtera told Kvällsposten.

Despite the best efforts of the police, the robber escaped on a red moped with an undisclosed sum of money after holding staff at gunpoint.

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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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