Police seek ‘red car’ as murder probe continues

Police investigating the killing on Sunday of a 4-year-old boy in Ljungby in central Sweden have said they are interested in learning more about a red car that was seen in the area.

Police seek 'red car' as murder probe continues

During a press conference on Friday, Kronoberg County police spokesperson Robert Loeffel said investigators had already conducted 170 interviews in the five-day old murder investigation and that more than 30 tips had come in.

“That’s not many tips for such a serious crime,” he said, appealing to the public for more information about what happened.

“It’s critically important for us in our investigation.”

The 4-year-old boy was last seen around 5pm on Sunday from a playground near his home while playing with other children.

He was reported missing around 7.30pm and police launched an intensive search for the boy.

Around 10pm Sunday evening, two young people found the 4-year-old dead in a small wooded area not far from the playground.

According to Loeffel, the investigation is moving forward, but he refused to comment on whether or not police had singled out a suspect.

“We don’t want to answer that,” he told reporters.

On Friday, police said they were interested in a red car, possibly a Skoda, which was seen in the area when the boy was killed.

“We want to get in touch with the driver,” Loeffel told reporters, according to the Expressen newspaper.

Police continue to knock on doors in the area and according to Loeffel, around 40 officers are involved in the investigation.

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Fatal workplace mishaps claim two lives

Two workers died on the job in Sweden on Wednesday in two separate accidents involving cranes, less than a week after two workers died after drowning in coal tar at a coke plant.

Fatal workplace mishaps claim two lives

In one accident, a 63-year-old crane operator died after a ten-metre long post came loose and hit him in the head. The accident took place near the Rörvik dock on the island of Orust off Sweden’s west coast.

Workers were operating a crane on a barge located several metres from shore in an effort to secure the posts into the seabed. For some unknown reason, one of the posts fell from the crane, striking the 63-year-old. He was rushed to Norra Älvsborgs hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The second accident took place in central Malmö. Two workers were up in a bucket lift stringing up Christmas lights on lamp posts when their truck was struck by another truck.

One worker, a 64-year-old man, fell several metres to the ground, while his colleague managed to remain dangling in the bucket. Witnesses reported seeing the man lying bloodied on the ground as ambulance workers tried to revive him.

He was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

The truck that struck the crane was driven by a student driver in upper secondary school who was accompanied by an instructor, the Sydsvenskan newspaper reported.

While no one is currently suspected of committing any crime in connection with the accident in Malmö, two police reports were filed, one for a workplace accident and the other for a traffic violation.

The two deaths come just days after two workers died at a coke plant in northern Sweden after drowning in coal tar that spilled out of a tank during routine maintenance. The incident, which took place at a facility operated by steel-maker SSAB, sparked anger from unions about lax workplace safety.

“It is completely unacceptable that there are such shortcomings in the working environment that people die on the job,” IF Metall spokesman Anders Ferbe told the TT news agency at the time.

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