Teen girls find ‘human foot’ in Swedish forest

Police were left scratching their heads after teenage girls playing in the woods in southern Sweden discovered what appeared to be a human foot, but which experts later revealed to be something much more unexpected.

Teen girls find 'human foot' in Swedish forest

The girls were playing in the woods on Saturday just outside of Landskrona in southern Sweden, when one of them noticed something “boney” on the ground in a clearing.

“I was a bit disgusted, we thought it was a hand at first,” one of the girls told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The girls contacted the police, who took the suspected foot with them, and who contacted pathologists for extra help.

“The officers took the foot with them and contacted pathologists with a picture of it,” Eva-Lotta Hermansson Truedsson of the Skåne police told the TT news agency on Monday morning.

Pathologists, however, could not confirm from the picture whether the skeletal find was indeed a human foot.

“It has rotted and is mostly skeletal parts,” Hermansson Truedsson explained.

Police held off on an investigation pending further results from the experts, and were no doubt relieved to learn later on Monday afternoon that the bones were not of the human variety.

Nor was it a foot, or a hand, in fact. Experts explained that the wayward appendage was the frontal flipper of a seal.

Accordingly, the local police ditched any plans of an investigation.

“It’s no crime at all that there was a seal flipper lying there,” Hermansson Truedsson said.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.