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Dirty diaper 'terror' keeps Swedish town on edge

Rebecca Martin · 18 Nov 2011, 11:43

Published: 18 Nov 2011 11:43 GMT+01:00

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”It feels unreal, and it is a terribly unpleasant feeling because we don't know what it's all about,” said local preschool head Carina Bryngelsson to The Local.

Norrgårdens preschool in Iggesund, close to Hudiksvall, on the east coast of Sweden, was first to be struck by the daring dirty diaper distributor.

“We came back to work after the weekend to find the diapers from our garbage strewn around the school area,” said Bryngelsson.

At first, staff thought it was a simple teenage prank but when the same thing happened again the weekend after, Bryngelsson decided it was time to get a lock for the bins and report the matter to the police.

Since taking these precautions, the preschool has been spared further visits by the messy marauders, but cut off from the mother lode, they bin diving-nappy snatchers have begun targeting the houses of people living in the nearby residential area.

One parent told the local paper Hudiksvalls Tidning (HT) that someone had gone through her bin over night and removed a large quantity of used diapers.

“About 200 diapers had been placed in the playground. It felt extra unpleasant that they had been unwrapped,” she said.

According to Bryngelsson, parents in the neighbourhood are getting increasingly uneasy about the whole thing.

“From what I have heard, some people are choosing to remove toys from their backyards and around their houses, so as to not advertise that there are children living there and avoid having their bins raided,” she told The Local.

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Josef Wiklund, head of the police crime prevention unit in the area, told HT that he has never before heard of perpetrators who concentrate solely on excrement.

”I completely understand if people are getting upset and worried, that it is both irritating and insulting,” he said, adding that the police would welcome any information from local people who might have seen or heard anything.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:43 November 18, 2011 by Daveo
I guess the darkness of winter and alcohol brings out the fetishes in people.
15:52 November 18, 2011 by motti
Wonder if the deviants wash their hands afterwards?
17:00 November 18, 2011 by Douglas Garner
Too sick to contemplate!
19:12 November 18, 2011 by J Jack
Once again TL gaffes by publishing a non-stock image with the article .. Do you realize that the US retail GIANT brand 'Kirkland' (ie; COSCO) could sue your pants off for using an image of their product that's not even sold anywhere in Europe?
19:28 November 18, 2011 by Atlas
Once again, the Flickr stock photo collection strikes again...
19:43 November 18, 2011 by Steggles
Ban disposable diapers and go back to good old cloth nappies.

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