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Swedish man, 91, dead after lawnmower mishap

A 91-year-old man died on Tuesday after he got stuck under his own ride-on lawnmower in a garden in western Sweden. The man was known to use the vehicle as means of transport.

Swedish man, 91, dead after lawnmower mishap

The elderly man was operating the ride-on mower just south of Kinna, roughly 60 kilometres south west of Gothenburg.

“No one saw the actual incident, so no one knows exactly what happened. But he has ended up under his lawn mower and passed away,” Bo Sandström of the Södra Älvsborg emergency services told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Emergency services were notified late in the afternoon when a neighbour found the man stuck under the mower. It remains unclear exactly what caused his death, though neighbours have indicated that the 91-year-old used the mower to help him get around.

“We have information that the man had difficulty walking and had previously used the lawn mower to collect the mail,” officer Roland Offesson at nearby Borås told the Borås Tidning (BT) newspaper.

Neighbours said the deceased man was, however, lively for his age.

“How terrible. It’s horrible,” neighbour Staffan Häldebring, who lived just two houses from the neighbour for the past 46 years, told Aftonbladet.

“He was really pleasant, very energetic for his age, and always took care of his garden by himself throughout the years.”

The man had no children, and his family has been notified of his death.

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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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