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Newspaper thief claims crossword jackpot

A 64-year-old woman has been arrested in Uppsala in central Sweden on suspicion of theft. The woman stole up to ten newspapers twice a week - to do the crossword.

The woman, proof of the old adage that ‘practice makes perfect’, is reported by local newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning (UNT) to have won more than 10,000 kronor ($1100) from her crossword heist.

The newspapers are left out in piles on Skolgatan in central Uppsala in the early hours of the morning for the paper boy to collect and deliver to readers.

But over an extended period of time the paper boy began to notice a shortage, leaving several customers without a morning newspaper, mysteriously only on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Police set up a surveillance operation to monitor the street and in the early hours of Tuesday morning the mystery was finally solved.

“This morning the newspapers were left at the location at 3.10am. At 3.37 the woman turned up,” said Magnus Rova at Uppsala police to UNT.

Police followed the woman back to her apartment and found up to 90 newspapers.

Under police interrogation the woman has admitted to taking the newspapers, 8-10 at a time.

She has explained that she was only doing the crossword and had won over 10,000 kronor.

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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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