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Swedish police crack stolen egg case

Three men face up to a year in prison after police found over 2,000 rare bird eggs under a trapdoor in a home in northern Sweden.

Swedish police crack stolen egg case

The find comes after an extensive probe by police in at least three countries, an investigation which had seen the arrest of a man in Finland who was caught with 10,000 rare eggs back in June.

The Swedish suspects, who are believed to have poached the eggs from bird nests around the nation, had connections with the Finnish thief as well as collectors in Britain.

“There are different forums on the internet that connect these people,” investigator Stig Anddersson told the local Härnösand Allehande newspaper.

An egg collector who was caught in Britain had even tipped off one of the Swedes in an email to alert them to the probe.

Armed with a search warrant, investigators swooped in on a house in Härnösand, on the east coast of northern Sweden, where they found over 2,000 eggs hidden under a trapdoor.

The collection included eggs from owls, eagles, chickadees, nightingales, cranes, and plovers, some of which are endangered species in Sweden.

The egg thieves are believed to harvest their collections and meet with other like-minded people to trade their eggs.

The three men now face charges of aggravated hunting crimes and breaching protected species laws.

One area from where many of the eggs are believed to have been taken is the nature reserve in Stekenjokk mountains in northern Sweden.

While stealing eggs is illegal in Sweden, police suspect the men scrambled to cover their tracks by changing the labels on their eggs to make it look like they had collected them before the practice was outlawed.

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GAY PRIDE

Gay haters pelt eggs at Swedish minister

Swedish politician Birgitta Ohlsson was forced to scramble to safety after being pelted with eggs at a gay pride parade in Lithuania.

Gay haters pelt eggs at Swedish minister

Ohlsson, the Minister for European Union Affairs, was targeted along with several other politicians at the event in Vilnius. Protesters attempted to disrupt the parade, which was attended by hundreds, by throwing eggs and attempting to storm the stage.

“A few eggs hit me in the head,” Ohlsson told Expressen.

“Yes, it was definitely drama. Eggs were thrown at us and some hit me in the head and my body. It was a hateful atmosphere and I saw neo-Nazis and religious fundamentalists screaming hateful rhetoric.”

The parade, which was dubbed the “March for Equality”, is only the second ever gay pride event held in Lithuania which is a largely Catholic country.

A total of 28 arrests were made including Petras Grazulis who is an anti-gay lawmaker who attempted to encourage protesters with a bullhorn. The rioters tried to storm the stage but police cordoned them off.

Lithuanian politician Giedre Purvaneckiene, who stood at the front of the stage with Ohlsson and other dignitaries, was also targeted by the eggs.

“It shows that we need to march until eggs aren’t thrown anymore and people can march freely and without fear,” Purvaneckiene told the Associated Press.

Ohlsson did make a speech where she criticized Russia’s law against “homosexual propaganda.”

“It’s absolutely disgusting too see how right-wing extremists attack LGBT people not just in Russia but also across Europe. This is where the EU has an important role to play,” she said.

Associated Press reported there was one police officer injured in the day’s event.

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