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POISON

Man planned to poison ex-girlfriend

A 32-year-old man has been remanded in custody in Luleå in northern Sweden on charges of plotting to poison and murder his former partner.

The suspect was arrested during a major police operation in the town on Thursday evening.

In the course of their invetigations, police in the town found a quantity of a dangerous chemical substance in the woman’s car.

“It is suspected that the poisonous substance was placed in the victim’s car at a time when her former boyfriend was making use of the vehicle,” said the police in a statement, adding that nobody had come to any harm in connection with the poisonous substance.

According to prosecutor Ulla-Karin Lindström, the man ordered the poison from another country and was caught when he went to pick up the package from the post office. He was charge on Friday with attempted murder.

The suspect however denies committing an offence.

“And he has a sensible explanation for the matters of which he is accused by the prosecutor,” his lawyer Jan Wennerbrandt told local newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten.

SNOW

‘The perfect workout’: gym clears snow for free

A gym in northern Sweden has turned this week’s monster snowfall into “the perfect workout”, sending its members out for an hour on Saturday to shovel snow around the city for free.

Aerobic snow-shovelling on Saturday morning: Crossfit Holistics webpage
Daniel Muotka, who runs Crossfit Holistics in Luleå, one of Sweden's most northerly cities, took a class of ten from his gym out between eleven and twelve on Saturday morning to clear snow from driveways across the city.  
 
“We went all out for one hour, so it was a pretty hard workout," he told The Local. "It’s the perfect training. You get the cardio and you get the strength. You can make it as hard as you want or as easy as you want depending on your fitness level. And it’s fun.” 
 
Muotka had the idea earlier this week after the city received almost metre of snow in four days. 
 
“It’s obviously chaos in Luleå because of all the snow that’s fallen, and we have a gym full of people that love to sweat and work out, so I thought why not do something useful with all the energy?” 
 
Muotka posted a message on his Facebook page on Friday lunchtime offering to shovel snow for anyone who’d make him and members of his gym a cup of coffee. Close to a hundred people responded, who Muotka  then ranked according to need, putting old people whose grandchildren were away living in southern Sweden ahead of the local companies who applied. 
 
“We did what we could with the people we had,” he said. 
 
Muotka has now launched a campaign, "Snöhjälpen" (or 'snow help') on  his company's Facebook page, which he hopes will inspire other gyms across Sweden to run similar snow-shovelling 'workouts'. 
 
"We want to attract gyms from all over Sweden to do the same thing," he said. "Everyone can help out it doesn’t have to be a gym. We can't do it all ourselves. Some people are really snowed in. I don’t know when we’ve had as much snow as this.”