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Swedish police hunt audacious ‘Spiderman’ burglar

Swedish police are hunting for an agile cat burglar who, clad in climbing attire and gardening gloves, shinned up drainage pipes to hit ten apartments in Stockholm over the summer.

“We are calling him Spiderman. Compared to other thieves he is in a class of his own with regard to the heights and the audacity. The climbing is very advanced,” detective inspector Sven Hallsjö told the Metro newspaper.

The intrepid burglar is reported to have bypassed the more accessible targets of ground floor apartments and chose instead to look for loot in the homes of holidaying Swedes on the second and third floors of several buildings in the Södermalm area of the city.

The break ins were all reported in August and occurred both during broad daylight and under the cover of nightfall.

The police report that they have as yet very little to go on.

A witness has described seeing someone who resembles a man, and aside from that there is evidence of a foot print on a building facade as well as a fragment from a gardening glove.

Victims of the mysterious “Spiderman” have reported the loss of items including cash, jewellery and notebook computers.

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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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