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Wedding cancelled as man threatens to kill fiancée

A wedding ceremony had to be cancelled on Saturday after the 33-year-old would-be groom threatened to kill his wife-to-be on the eve of their big day.

The trouble started at a pub in Örebro in central Sweden where the couple went to share a few drinks on Friday night. An argument that began at the watering hole continued at the couple’s home in the nearby village of Vintrosa. Twelve hours before her wedding, the woman called the police to report her partner for assault.

When the police arrived at the scene, the man again hit his fiancée and threatened to kill her, local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda reports.

“It’s the first time we’ve searched somebody and found two wedding rings in their pocket,” police sergeant Anders Wallin told the newspaper.

A prosecutor issued a temporary detention order after questioning the suspect on Saturday morning. The 33-year-old, who is suspected of assault, issuing illegal threats and resisting arrest, was released from police custody on Saturday afternoon, hours after the designated time of his wedding.

“It’s not yet certain whether there will be a wedding. It won’t be today in any case,” sergeant Torbjörn Roos told Nerikes Allehanda.

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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
 
 
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