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Swedish police nab drunk-driving lawnmower man

A man in Sweden is in danger of having his driving licence revoked for taking control of a lawnmower while under the influence of alcohol.

Swedish police nab drunk-driving lawnmower man
Lawnmowers: dangerous, in the wrong hands. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

The incident happened in Eksjö, southern Sweden, where police were called to the scene when an alarm was raised about fighting between neighbours.

When they arrived however, they encountered an inebriated homeowner driving around the grounds of a house on a mower.

The man refused to blow into a breathalyzer, and could now be at risk of having his license seized.

“We were going to try and mitigate a conflict-like situation, but when we arrived one of those involved – who was heavily drunk – was driving around the plot on a lawnmower,” Eksjö police duty officer Gunnar Rydholm told SVT News Jönköping.

When the man refused to provide a breath sample, police were forced to use an alternative method of testing his alcohol levels.

“We had to call in a nurse, who luckily was in the area. She had to come and take a blood sample from the man, who is now suspected of drunk driving,” Rydholm added. 

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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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