Woman dies after dung pool plunge

A woman's body has been unearthed in a manure basin in the countryside near Essunga in western Sweden, with police yet to establish the cause of death.

Woman dies after dung pool plunge

“Neighbours have found her. We have since sealed off the location,” police spokesperson Björ Blixt told the TT news agency.

Police were called in at around 9am on Tuesday.

According to a TT source a dead dog has also been found in the same basin where the woman was found, located on a farm near the small rural community of Essunga in Västergötland.

“She appears to have been trying to save her dog, which had fallen in to the well, and then fallen in herself,” a neighbour told the broadcaster TV4.

Police were at first unable to rule out that a crime had been committed, but were able to confirm on Tuesday afternoon that her death was probably an accident.

“There is nothing which indicates a crime,” said police inspector Pelle Jenvén to TT.

A probable scenario that police are working on is that the woman fell in while trying to save her dog and was unable to save herself.

“It is practically impossible to get back out of the well once you have got in there,” said Jenvén.

The accident is presumed to have occurred on Tuesday morning. The deceased is reported to be a local resident.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.