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Jealous ex-lover chases naked rival with axe

A young man’s amorous advances were cut short on Tuesday morning as he was chased naked through the streets of Trondheim by an axe-wielding love rival.

Police in the central Norwegian town leapt into action when they received a despairing telephone call at 5.30am from a man in his twenties in dire need of assistance, broadcaster NRK reports.

Arriving in the city centre, police quickly arrested the suspected assailant before finding an axe nearby.

All the early signs point to jealousy as the driving force behind the actions of the attacker, who is being held in custody as he awaits questioning later on Tuesday.

Although they had broken up and no longer shared a bedroom, the suspect still lived in the same apartment as his former girlfriend, NRK reports.

On Monday night, the woman returned from a night out with another man in tow.

Enraged by the noises he could hear emanating from the room next door, the suspect grabbed an axe, barged in on the pair, and struck the victim on the arm and thigh with the blunt end of the weapon.

Fearing for his life, the young man told police he ran naked from the apartment with his aggressor hot on his heels.  

Fleeing down Kjøpmannsgata in the centre of the city, the unclad victim managed to borrow a phone from a passer-by and alert the authorities to his perilous situation.

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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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