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Drivers confess to hit and run on elderly couple

A couple in their seventies were hospitalized in southern Sweden on Tuesday after they were hit by a stolen car driven by two young men, who have since confessed to the crime.

The elderly victims were found on a road in Blekinge, southern Sweden, and were immediately taken to hospital.

“When they were found, they were 14 metres away from each other. We believe this distance, together with their injuries, indicate that they were hit by a strong force,” said Malin Permborn of the local police to the Expressen newspaper.

“Both the man and woman have fractures in both legs, and the man has fractures in one arm, a crack in the head and fractures in his back,” she added.

Police later took two men in their mid-twenties in for questioning after seizing a stolen car which appeared to have been damaged in an accident. The two men confessed to the crime on Wednesday morning, and have been temporarily released.

The victims of the hit and run are both conscious, but don’t remember anything from the incident.

“They only remember that they were out together and nothing more. But they may well remember something,” Permborn told the paper.

The incident occurred in the very early hours of Tuesday morning in Olofström, west of Blekinge.

The two drivers are suspected of causing aggravated bodily harm and police are urging anyone with relevant information to make contact.

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Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

Who's behind Lund's spate of car burnings?
A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
 
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Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
 
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims. 
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