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Terrified mum rescues boy stuck up tall tree

A hero mother who is afraid of heights has told The Local how she climbed ten metres up a tree to rescue her son Cazper, 5, who had scaled the trunk while pretending to be a monkey.

Terrified mum rescues boy stuck up tall tree
Liza Krohn rescuing her son. Photo: Räddningstjänsten Habo
Liza Krohn, 36, was called to the tree by friends of her son, who had been playing with Cazper in the forest near their home in Bankeryd in southern Sweden.
 
She told The Local that she immediately “climbed up very fast without thinking”, despite a long-standing fear of heights.
 
“He had gone up a long way and was quite scared, so I had to do it because he couldn't get down himself,” she explained.
 
“I sat there and held him and then realised I couldn't actually carry him back down and he couldn't do it alone because he might slip, as he was only wearing Crocs slippers.” 
 
While Cazper calmed down and soon found it “exciting” that his mum had joined him in the tree, Krohn said she was “terrified” and quickly instructed his nine-year-old friend to call 112, Sweden's emergency number.
 

Liza Krohn with Cazper. Photo: Private
 
She told the older boy where he could find her phone inside the house and then explained what he should say to call centre staff, before later sending him to wave at the arriving firefighters, who she and Cazper spotted approaching from their high vantage point in the tree.
 
“The firefighters were very calm and put a ladder up and helped us down. There was one guy I knew because he lives in the area and it was nice to hear a voice that I recognized – he knew I was very afraid of heights. They were the real heroes. I loved them, they were so nice to us.”
 
The operation took place on Midsummer's Day in Sweden, hitting the Swedish media on Monday. 
 
Krohn told The Local that her son did not appear to have been traumatized by the incident.
 
“A few hours afterwards I was a bit upset and he just turned to me and said 'mummy, this will get funny later' which was actually a very funny thing to say for a five-year-old.”
 

Liza Krohn rescuing her son. Photo: Räddningstjänsten Habo
 

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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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