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Police question couple over missing man

Police have arrested a couple in their twenties on suspicion of being behind the kidnapping of a 25-year-old man who went missing from his home in Uppsala on the December 28th.

“He is still missing and we continue searching for him,” said Lisa Sannervik of the Uppsala police to daily Aftonbladet on Tuesday.

Police believe that the man, a medical student at Uppsala University, whose family owns a large business, could have been kidnapped and is being held to ransom for money.

A 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman have been taken in for questioning after being stopped in their car outside Uppsala early on Tuesday morning.

They are also students at the university and the woman is allegedly a friend of the missing 25-year-old.

Police found things belonging to the missing man in the car, but are so far unwilling to disclose what these are.

However, the investigation took a surprising turn earlier in the week when police picked up some signals from the man’s phone in the area of Örebro on New Year’s Eve.

“The county communication centre in Uppsala turned to us after they had discovered the mobile phone signals,” said Kenneth Johannesson, of the Örebro police, to daily newspaper Nerikes Allehanda (NA).

A signal was detected at a telephone mast in nearby Laxå, and a little bit later another signal came in from a location near or in the University Hospital in Örebro.

After confirming that the man was not admitted to the hospital, the police in Örebro has not been able to contribute further in the investigation, said Johannesson.

Uppsala police are still working hard on finding leads but have so far not been able to discover the man’s whereabouts.

“We have no trace of him. He has not been in contact and we do not know where he is,” said Christer Nordström, at the Uppsala police to news agency TT.

Uppsala police are now hoping for information from the general public.

“In circumstances like these we are working against the clock and we are grateful for any further leads that may be given to us from the general public,” Sannervik told the newspaper.

According to daily Aftonbladet, the arrested couple are known to police for “similar offences”.

The vehicle that the couple drove when being stopped by the police in the outskirts of Uppsala is now being examined by forensics.

Kidnapping is a serious offence in Sweden and could result in up to four years in prison or even a life sentence.

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Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

Who's behind Lund's spate of car burnings?
A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
 
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Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
 
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims. 
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