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Swedish farmer gored to death by raging bull

A 47-year-old farmer was on Wednesday gored to death by a bull.

Swedish farmer gored to death by raging bull

When paramedics arrived at the farm in Näsåker outside Sollefteå in northern Sweden shortly after lunchtime on Wednesday, the man was already dead. According to police the man had sustained injuries to his chest and stomach.

A neighbour was obliged to help contact a hunter in order to kill the raging bull, which weighed in at at least 450 kilogrammes, to enable the ambulance personnel to approach the dead farmer.

“I dared not get out of the car because the bull was still close to the man,” the neighbour told the Expressen daily.

By the time ambulance staff could approach the farmer he had already died from his injuries and was presumed to have been dead for several hours before help arrived.

According to several people in attendance on the farm, the bull had previously proven difficult to handle with a history of violence against people and vehicles in the village, the newspaper reported.

The police do not suspect any offence and an autopsy will be carried out on the deceased farmer in order to establish the exact cause of death.

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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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