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Hidden cameras catch cleaners looting Swedish trains

Hidden cameras were used to catch a number of sticky-fingered cleaners red handed stealing from the restaurant cars of Swedish trains.

Hidden cameras catch cleaners looting Swedish trains

The cameras were installed in February after officials from Swedish national rail operator SJ noticed significant shrinkage in the stocks of liquor, beer, food, and candy found on several restaurant cars, the Metro newspaper reports.

The cameras were put in place immediately after the trains were taken out of service and before they were moved to the depot in Hagalund, Solna, but were removed again before the cars were put back in service.

Following the camera’s installation, ten members of the train’s cleaning crews were caught in the act, with one suspect being recorded literally wiping the shelves clean and depositing the booty into a large plastic garbage bag.

“We’re talking about thefts of a significant amount over the course of a year,” SJ spokesperson Dag Rosander told the newspaper.

The ten cleaners have now been reported to the police.

However, union representatives have complained that SJ lacked a permit to install hidden surveillance cameras in the workplace.

Many people unrelated to the investigation were also caught on the nearly 50 hours of footage gathered in SJ’s quest to unmask the restaurant car thieves.

As a result of the union’s privacy violation concerns, Sweden’s Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) is set to review the matter.

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Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

Trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped and between Stockholm and Malmö severely disrupted due to a fire and several electrical faults.

Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

“We have problems with all rail traffic south of Norrland,” Peter Jonsson, from the Swedish Transport Administration, told the country’s TT newswire. “The heat has of course had an impact, particularly when it concerns the fire, but we’re not otherwise speculating on the cause.” 

According to the agency, the issues are the result of four separate incidents, a fire south of Hallsberg, an overhead power contact line, which has snapped, and two electrical faults. 

Peter Krameus, a spokesperson for Sweden’s state-owned rail company SJ, said that all trains were being sent back to the stations from which they most recently departed until the faults could be corrected. 

While trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped completely, trains between Stockholm and Malmö have been affected by two problems with overhead lines. Trains between Mjölby and Nässjö and Eslöv and Stehag are travelling onto on one of the two lines now. 

“That doesn’t mean that all traffic has stopped, but it’s going to mean cancelled trains and delayed departures,” Jonsson said. 

So far, 50 of SJ’s train departures have been cancelled as a result of the faults. 

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