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'Dawn pyromaniac' re-arrested in Skåne

Charlotte Webb · 21 Sep 2009, 09:48

Published: 21 Sep 2009 09:48 GMT+02:00

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The suspect was arrested just before 3am Monday morning on the outskirts of Ystad, although police have yet to release a statement concerning the arrest.

Following an interrogation, police decided to hold the man on arson suspicions.

It remains unclear, however, whether the 45-year-old attempted to set fire to a residential building in Sandskogen, or if the accusations pertain to another incident.

The man, referred to in the Swedish media as the 'dawn pyromaniac', has previously served a three year jail sentence for two arson attempts in Dalarna in north-central Sweden.

He gained national notoriety following a targeted campaign in which his name and photograph were published on the internet.

In January of this year, he was served with a five month jail sentence for threats against a public official.

Last year, the 45-year-old was also linked to a number of unexplained fires in Skåne, including four blazes which broke out within hours of one another in Simrishamn.

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He was arrested once more in December near a burned down summer cottage in the Ystad area. At the time, however, police were unable to conclusively tie the suspect to either of these unexplained fires.

Charlotte Webb (news@thelocal.se)

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09:28 September 22, 2009 by Jackdempsey187
His name and photograph were published somehwere? Probably not by a major media outlet, but I wish this would happen more often with wanted criminals here.

I like the newspapers in America which describe "Susepct is described as a light-skinned male, brown hair, brown eyes, around 5'6 and 160 pounds with a birthmark shaped like a penis on his forehead. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the local police at 555-5555". Get the public involved in catching the criminal and crimes can be solved more efficiently. The police here are pretty worthless on their own.
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