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Drowsy thieves nabbed sleeping in stolen car

When police in southern Sweden went to check up on a car, parked carelessly near a perilous crossing, they found the two car thieves fast asleep in the stolen vehicle.

Drowsy thieves nabbed sleeping in stolen car
The car in the picture is not the car mentioned in the article

Around 4am on Sunday morning, police in Helsingborg in southern Sweden received a call about a car, parked in a perilous manner near a busy crossing, according to local paper Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD).

However, when police arrived on the scene they were flabbergasted to discover that the car had not been abandoned. Instead there were two men seemingly asleep inside the vehicle.

After the officers looked up the car’s licence plate they also realized that the car did not likely belong to the two sleeping men, as it had been reported stolen some time earlier.

Officers managed to rouse the two men and arrested them on suspicion of car theft.

The two suspects were 23 and 31 years old respectively. Both men are from Sweden’s southernmost county Skåne.

Apart from the car theft, the younger man is also under suspicion of narcotics crimes, as he showed signs of being under the influence of drugs at the time of the arrest.

Police officers brought the two pooped out pilferers with them to the station for questioning but both were released again after 8.20am on Sunday pending the preliminary investigation, reports HD.

The car was allegedly stolen from a farm near Vallåkra. It is still unclear how long the men were in possession of the vehicle.

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PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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