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Fleeing thief runs into police station

Oliver Gee · 2 Mar 2012, 15:56

Published: 02 Mar 2012 15:56 GMT+01:00

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Politicians want extra parking places … for their horses

Local politicians in Kristinehamn, central Sweden, are convinced that a square in the centre of town needs parking spaces for horses.

They have already selected a shady corner of North Square they deem to be the perfect location, and are now trying to convince the City Council that it’s a worthwhile idea.

According to proponents of the idea, not only is there currently nowhere to leave one's horse when coming into town to run errands, making the city more horse-friendly could lead to a boom in tourism opportunities even lead to horse tours and other tourist attractions, the politicians told the Kristinehamn’s Posten newspaper.

For now, the matter is in the hands of the council, who are left to decide "ja" or..."neigh".

Red-handed robber runs right into cop shop

A would-be robber made things easy for police, after fleeing the scene of the crime and running directly through the front doors of the local police station.

The knife-wielding man failed to take any money in his attempted robbery, and ran through the streets of Halmstad in western Sweden in full view of gobsmacked bystanders, one of whom chased the man all the way to the police station, albeit unintentionally, wrote daily Aftonbladet.

No one was hurt, and the man was arrested for attempted robbery.

Sweden’s 'worst driver' runs amok on highway

A 45-year-old man in Kungälv, western Sweden, took ‘pedal to the metal’ to new extremes on Thursday night, when he raced down the E6 motorway, slamming into ten cars along the way.

Luckily, no one was injured, and local police reported that there were no traces of alcohol in the man’s blood.

“I don’t know why he was in such a rush,” said a perplexed Björ Blixter of the Västra Götaland police to Dagen’s Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Did you know…

Did you know that the last time Sweden was at war with England was exactly 200 years ago?

And it was a very polite fight indeed by the sounds of it, with no acts of war taking being staged by either country. Sweden even allowed British boats to be stationed off the Swedish coast at Hanö.

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Blood was shed, however, when Swedish soldiers killed 30 Swedish farmers who were rioting against conscription policies in Klågerup, in the country’s south.

Swedish kids clothing store wins London award

“Kidsen”, a Scandinavian children’s store in London was awarded British newspaper The Telegraph’s "Best Independent Children’s Shop" this week.

Swedish-born owner Corina Papadopoulou and her husband Franco Ofili opened the shop, which was described by The Telegraph as an "oasis of Scandinavian cool".

Papadopoulou was reportedly thrilled with the award, and claims to have been inspired to open a shop after frequent queries on the streets of London as to where she got her daughter’s clothes – which were always from Sweden.

And that wraps up the News in Brief for this week, we'll be back next Friday with more newsworthy tidbits from Sweden.

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:58 March 5, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
"Did you know that the last time Sweden was at war with England was exactly 200 years ago?"

It was Sweden who 'declared' war on Britain in 1810. Okay, there was no fighting and no casualties as a result of it. Nevertheless, as an Englishman, I've been visiting/living in Sweden for many years.

Not ONE WORD of apology have I ever heard from a Swedish person for this unfriendly act against my country.

Come on Sweden! The least you can do is exempt ALL UK nationals from having to pay any tax at all here - as a gesture of contrition for your declaration of war.

How about it?
09:33 March 6, 2012 by wolverine2k

If you expect the Swedes to do what you propose, how about giving an apology to India for looting her for 200 years? And how about providing tax exemptions to all Indians living in UK and return all the diamonds that were stolen by the East India Company back to India?
08:43 March 7, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Perhaps the UK government is considering a plan, right now, to build a 'Museum of British Atrocities Against All and Sundry' using lottery money, to please the likes of you.

19:16 March 7, 2012 by mcarroll1
Dont forget the Irish... sure if I start I wouldnt know where to stop.
14:09 March 8, 2012 by OnessOfMankind
Are you looking for apologies?? from the most harmless people??? I think ýou should make an organization called Sorry world!!! for UK has colonized hundred of countries raped burnt and tortured people, I studied Indian and middle eastern history, ask the libraries about the salt march and the cricket field massacre where Uk soldiers shot more than 1000 Indian peaceful protestors that some of them jumped into water wells to run from bullets, and how they prevented Indian from using their own trains and facilities saying Indian and dogs are not allowed, and until now they are racist towards Indians!! and other culture, I think you should kiss the Swedish ground for having a chauvinist like you.
15:21 March 13, 2012 by Tamm O'Shanter
Lol!! You Britain-haters really crack me up sometimes with your 'What about-ery' and selective readings of historical events.

I thought the first comment was quite humorous, and yes: I'M Irish and relations between UK and Ireland have never been so good as they are now.

As for #5 and your "I've studied Indian middle eastern history" perhaps you should study a bit longer and take that chip off your shoulder (or both shoulders??)
16:34 March 13, 2012 by Maggie Malay
I am reminded of author LP Hartley's line from 'The Go Between': "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there"

Just because bad things were done in that past, it doesn't mean to say people today should be made to feel they are constantly responsible.

Alternatively, posters #2 and #5 should maybe get their nappies off and live in today's world? You're off topic
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