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ANIMAL CRUELTY

Man convicted for kicking dog to death

A 47-year-old man has been sentenced to probation and fined the equivalent of 100 days pay for animal cruelty after kicking a Golden Retriever puppy to death.

The man was convicted and sentenced in Norrköping for an incident which took place in Navestad in eastern Sweden in October 2010.

The Golden Retriever puppy, named “Angel”, lived to only ten weeks old after its run in with the man while on a walk in the park with its owner.

“I was carrying my daughter in one arm and had the dog on a lead. When the telephone rang I dropped the lead,” the woman told the court on Thursday, according to a report in the local Norrköpings Tidning daily.

The man reportedly “went crazy” as the puppy approached and proceeded to deliver a direct kick to the dog’s midriff.

The owner and her daughter were able to retrieve the family pet from the bushes in the park and carry their newly adopted family member home, but Angel later died from the injuries.

The man later claimed that he intervened to protect his son who became scared of the approaching dog.

He claimed in court that he lost his balance and accidentally kicked the puppy, but this version of events was contradicted by witness testimony.

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EXPLOSION

Swedish bomb experts secure shops after overnight explosion

Bomb disposal experts from Sweden's Nationella bombskyddet were called in to secure a number of stores in a building in Norrköping after an explosion in the early hours of Sunday.

Swedish bomb experts secure shops after overnight explosion
Photo: Niklas Luks/TT

Police barriers remained in place in the area on Sunday but were not expected to affect traffic significantly and have since been lifted, with examination of the location completed.

An explosion at the site was reported to police at 4:23am on Sunday, a spokesperson told TT.

“There were a lot of telephone calls to (emergency services) informing us that several people had heard a powerful explosion in central parts of Norrköping,” senior police officer Torbjörn Lindqvist said on Sunday morning.

The explosion is reported to have occurred in a building with several shops, as well as apartments on upper floors.

No information has been given in relation whether damage occurred to any property other than the shop where the explosion occurred.

It is currently unclear what exploded or what caused the blast.

The incident is currently being treated as destruction causing public endangerment (allmänfarlig ödeläggelse).

Nobody is currently under suspicion in relation to the explosion.

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