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Man invites cop to ‘do a line’ of cocaine

A man's happy-go-lucky night at a Stockholm pub took an abrupt turn for the worse on Saturday when he offered cocaine to a new-found friend that turned out to be an off-duty police officer.

Man invites cop to 'do a line' of cocaine

The man was enjoying a carefree night on the town at a pub on Södermalm when he struck up a conversation with a fellow reveler.

Finding himself in good spirits and apparently overcome with pre-Easter holiday generosity, the man invited his newly-minted acquaintance to follow him to the toilet to “do a line”, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

What the man didn’t realize was that his new best friend was actually an off-duty police officer who, while pretending to accept the offer, alerted on-duty colleagues about the cocaine proposal.

“They arrived at the bar quickly – they may have already been in the area – and arrested the man and confiscated the cocaine,” duty officer Viktor Adolphson of the Södermalm police told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

A subsequent search of the man’s flat uncovered more of the drug.

The man is being held for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

Speaking with Aftonbladet, Adolphson explained why the man’s arrest, while somewhat ironic, is nevertheless cause for concern.

“This time he offered drugs to a cop, but what’s alarming is that this surely happens to others and that many, perhaps, when they are a bit tipsy, decide to try it for fun,” he told the paper.

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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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