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Bum deal for courthouse toilet seat thieves

Two people have been arrested for attempting to steal several items, including coffee, tea – and a toilet seat – from a courthouse in southern Sweden.

Bum deal for courthouse toilet seat thieves

The brazen robbery attempt was carried out on Thursday at the district court in Kristianstad in Sweden’s far south, the local Kristianstadbladet newspaper reports.

The would-be thieves pilfered several items from the courthouse break room before then targeting the toilet.

“It’s been said they had been at a hearing. They clearly thought what was said was crap,” said Mikael Persson of the Kristianstad police to the newspaper.

The two toilet-seat-takers, both of whom have had previous run-ins with the law, were also caught on a surveillance camera attempting to break into a storage locker, according to Kristianstadbladet.

But thanks to the actions of some quick-thinking officers, the two thieves, a 24-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, were promptly arrested outside the courthouse before they could make their getaway.

They are now being held under suspicion of robbery and attempted robbery.

When searched by the arresting officers, the man and the woman were found to be carrying the toilet seat, tea, coffee, and sugar.

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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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