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Jailed man destroys evidence with help of mobile phone

A prisoner in Gävle in eastern Sweden made several calls home to his girlfriend from his cell after police in the town failed to detect that he had smuggled in a mobile phone in his sock.

The 51-year-old was arrested in August for suspected doping offences after police discovered a quantity of anabolic steroids during a raid on the couple’s home.

But when the detainee called home to his 46-year-old girlfriend, she was able to inform him that the police had only found a fraction of his stash, the rest of which was hidden behind a bookshelf in the hall.

He then furnished her with a password to his computer and instructed her to delete any sensitive files that might aid the police in their investigation.

“It would have been very interesting to read what was on his computer. But we’re not completely reliant on the information that disappeared. We have very strong evidence against him,” prosecutor Peter Olofsson told the Gefle Dagblad newspaper.

The 51-year-old also made a number of further calls to pay-as-you-go mobile phones, which police have not been able to trace.

The man’s 46-year-old girlfriend has also been indicted on doping charges. Both face sentences of six months to four years in prison if found guilty.

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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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