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Angry Swede attacks neighbour with tree branch

An angry man attacked his neighbour in a Gothenburg suburb on Wednesday. The man's chosen weapon was a large branch from a tree.

Angry Swede attacks neighbour with tree branch

“The branch was a good size, like a baseball bat,” said Gunnar Lindman at Gothenburg police to local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

The victim opened the door to his apartment in the Hisingen area of Gothenburg to be met by a barrage of blows from the branch-wielding attacker. He was able to beat off several blows with his arms and sustained only minor injuries.

The attacker then fled the scene by bike. It is not clear if he took his unorthodox weapon with him.

Police were able to apprehend the man, who is in his thirties, a hundred metres from the scene after wrestling him to the ground.

It seems that despite the angry nature of the attack the two men did not know each other. Police suspect that the attacker is suffering from some form of psychiatric condition.

“Both men are apparently completely normal looking people,” Gunnar Lindman told the newspaper.

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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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