Ambulance speedster recovers licence

Jonny Forsberg from Årjäng in central Sweden, who lost his driving licence when he sped up to allow an ambulance to pass, has now regained the right to drive for the time being after he retracted his confession.

Ambulance speedster recovers licence

“It feels great. I was so happy that I went out driving until 2am last night,” Forsberg told the Aftonbladet daily.

Forsberg’s story prompted the ire of many Swedes last week after it emerged that he had been served with a 3,600 kronor ($465) fine and had his licence revoked after he was caught doing over 100 km/h on a 70 km/h stretch of road on June 6th.

Forsberg explained to the police that when he saw the ambulance with its flashing lights he accelerated so that he could reach the two lane stretch of road and allow the emergency vehicle to pass.

But the police officer, who was riding on his motorcycle behind the ambulance, told him that the law has to be applied equally to all.

“He said ‘if it says 70, then that it was it is’,” Forsberg told the newspaper.

As Jonny Forsberg had admitted the offence, and his pleas for clemency had fallen on deaf ears, he lost his driving licence automatically as he had exceeded the 30 km/h excess limit.

Bolstered by public outrage and media coverage of his plight, Forsberg decided to retract his confession and fight the offence.

The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) has now told Forsberg that he is he is free to drive, at least until a possible district court hearing.

“It feels incredible, you can’t describe the feeling,” Forsberg told local newspaper Värmlands Folkblad when informed of the decision.

“You become so handicapped, even getting to the store becomes difficult. The car is very important when you live out here.”

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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