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‘Lynch mob atmosphere’ as car somersaults onto luxury vehicles

Angry bystanders detained three men who attempted to flee on Saturday after their vehicle overturned and landed on three parked cars at a shopping centre in south-west Sweden.

'Lynch mob atmosphere' as car somersaults onto luxury vehicles

The accident took place shortly after lunchtime on Italienska Vägen in Boarp, 120 kilometres north of Malmö, resulting in damage to a total of eight cars.

“There was a lynch mob atmosphere. It was chaos when we arrived,” emergency services chief Michael Bengtsson told local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad.

Bengtsson surmised that the driver had bumped into the vehicle in front and lost control of the car, which skidded off the road, knocked over a fence and went into a spin.

Police said the three people in the car were heavily under the influence of drugs or alcohol. One of the men was taken to hospital in Helsingborg to be treated for what police believed were minor injuries.

All three men were initially arrested as police were unable to ascertain who was driving, but a 26-year-old later confessed to having been behind the wheel. He is suspected of negligent operation of a vehicle and driving under the influence.

Police said the mood at the scene was not helped by the fact that the cars that sustained the brunt of damage were of the more exclusive variety.

“The vehicles that were destroyed were pure luxury models,” police inspector Leif Nilsson told Helsingborgs Dagblad.

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ACCIDENT

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.

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