Fire photographer admits arson

A Swedish news photographer specialized in capturing fires on film has admitted to being behind a slew of arson attacks, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The 24-year-old photographer has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

The man has been engaged for an extended period of time with, a news site focusing on the work of the emergency services, and has been primarily working with fires and fire service emergencies.

“He photographed fires mostly. He was very proud over getting his pictures published. He wanted to be seen,” Håkan Eriksson for the agency told the newspaper.

When a barn near a church outside of Örebro in central Sweden was destroyed by fire in July the 24-year-old was at hand to take photographs.

According to district prosecutor Karl-Erik Antonsson, the man initially gave a misleading answer over his whereabouts around the time when the fire started.

Police concluded that the fire was a case of arson and confronted the 24-year-old over their suspicions against him, after which he admitted to his involvement.

According to the police, the man has not offered up an explanation for deliberately starting the fires.

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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