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Fleeing burglar dives into canal to escape police

A man in his twenties attempting to break into a hotel in western Sweden got spooked by police officers arriving and tried to escape by jumping in the canal.

The incident occurred shortly after 3am on Thursday morning when the man was observed by a security guard while attempting to break into a local hotel in Trollhättan in western Sweden.

The security guard who spotted him alerted the police to the scene. The police patrols that were sent to investigate and apprehend the would-be burglar soon discovered the fleeing miscreant.

But upon realizing that the police were in hot pursuit, the man decided to try his luck in the ice-cold waters of the nearby canal. There he struggled for a while before finally giving in and was subsequently fished out by police officers.

“The water was freezing so the man soon gave up,” police told local news site ttela.se.

After sending canine patrols along the route the escaping man had taken, officers recovered several items of his loot strewn across the area, which the burglar had dropped while running from police.

The man is now under suspicion of breaking and entering as well as theft.

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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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