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Ex-cop in underpants pins down intruder

Police officers responding to a break-in call in southern Norway were much amused to find their bulky former colleague Per Bratteberg sitting astride a woman's back wearing only his underpants and a sheepish smile.

Bratteberg, recently retired after 37 years in the force, was awoken by his wife early on Wednesday morning when she heard strange sounds coming from the kitchen of their home in Mandal.

Leaving the bedroom to investigate, the 100-kilo ex-cop found a woman standing in the middle of the kitchen, having already helped herself to wine and cash.

“Wearing only my underpants, I broke into a run and pounced on the uninvited guest,” Bratteberg told local newspaper Lindesnes Avis.  

A tussle ensued as the thief, though small and skinny, put up a real fight.

“She was pretty rabid, and tried everything to break free,” said Bratteberg.

As the struggle brought the pair from the kitchen to the hall, the woman suddenly realized that their paths had crossed before.

She began calling Bratteberg by his first name and even offered him a drop of cognac, which she assured him was her own.

When the police finally arrived at the scene, they found their one-time colleague sitting on the woman’s back in a state of near-total undress.

“They had a good laugh at the sight that greeted them,” said Bratteberg.

The woman, described by police as notorious for breaking into people’s homes, is currently being held in custody at Åna jail.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

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The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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