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Sword-wielding Swedish teen attacks couple in car

A 19-year-old man in Finspång, in southeastern Sweden, went on a rampage with a sword on Wednesday night, shattering the windscreen of a flabbergasted young couple’s car.

“By the time we got there he had left he scene but he must have cut himself because we could follow the trail of blood to a nearby apartment,” said Torbjörn Lindkvist of the county police to newspaper Corren.

The incident occurred shortly after 11.30pm on Wednesday night. The overwrought couple managed to drive away, leaving their attacker behind, and alerted the police.

“They had hardly got into the car before this man turned up. He thrust the sword straight through the windscreen of the car, so hard that it shattered,” Lindkvist said to the paper.

When police arrived at the man’s flat he was nowhere to be seen but officers soon caught up with him at a nearby hospital, where he was receiving medical treatments for his cuts.

Police believe that he was under the influence of drugs when he staged the dramatic attack, but are not ruling out underlying mental problems.

“The investigation will tell us,” said Lindkvist to Corren.

The man was apprehended by police shortly after 2.30am and he is currently under suspicion of aggravated assault.

He was formally arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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