Runaway cat returns home after nine years on the road

Stockholm resident Vera Dettmann was left brimming with emotions of joy and disbelief on Thursday when she was unexpectedly reunited with pet cat Lakrits nine years after he disappeared seemingly without trace.

Lakrits, which translates as liquorice in English, was just three years old when he parted company with the family in 2001 without so much as a by-your-leave. Vera Dettmann said the cat seemed unimpressed by city life after they moved in to Södermalm from Skogås, south of Stockholm.

“He hated being cooped up in an apartment, so he took off at the first possible opportunity,” she told news website

Despite the family’s appeals for help and frantic searches for the headstrong runaway, nothing was heard of Lakrits until rumours of sightings began to surface in 2008.

But the family did not dare to believe they would ever see Lakrits again until Dettmann received a call from a cat refuge on Thursday. Staff there had been able to identify the single-minded creature from a tattoo on his ear.

“I thought I was going to faint when they rang,” said Dettmann.

“When the kids and I saw him this evening it was like we had found a lost child,” she added.

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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