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'Dawn pyromaniac' re-arrested in Skåne

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09:48 CEST+02:00
A 45-year-old convicted pyromaniac was taken in for questioning by police in Ystad in southern Sweden early Monday morning on suspicions of attempting to set fires in the area.

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.

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.

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