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Sunbed woman shocked as men crash through ceiling

While catching some rays at a tanning salon in western Norway, a 59-year-old woman was roused from her sunny slumber recently by two unknown intruders who came crashing through the ceiling.

Sunbed woman shocked as men crash through ceiling
Photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix (File)

The astonished sun-seeker, who wished to remain anonymous, heard a crash as two men came wriggling down from a hole in the wooden ceiling of her cubicle at the Brun og Blid (‘Brown and Happy’) salon in Åsane, newspaper Bergensavisen reports.

“That’s when I leapt up from the sunbed,” she told the paper.

But before she had a chance to identify them, the men took to their heels and left the building.

Prior to their undignified descent, the men had been hiding in a crawl space between the ceiling and the roof of the building. It was unclear if they had kicked the ceiling in or if the wooden planks had simply given way under their weight.

“I don’t know what they were looking for. Most likely, they were on the hunt for valuables, but you never know,” she said.

Salon manager Stein Walle confirmed the woman’s story and said the company was taking steps to avoid any repeat incidents.

“We’re putting up barriers that will make it impossible for anybody to get into the spaces where the men found themselves,” he said.

Walle added that the security measures would be replicated at several of the company’s other salons elsewhere in the country.

The two intruders were caught by surveillance cameras but the poor quality of the images meant they could not be identified. The salon has pledged to invest in new monitoring equipment.

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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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