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Cop teaser clean after cheeky bum wipe insult

A 26-year-old motorist who advised a policeman to wipe his bottom with a traffic ticket has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a court in northern Norway.

The stunned constable took major offence at the rear-end remark, but Indre Finnmark district court said the slur was not serious enough for a judge to find the driver guilty of insulting an officer.

The 26-year-old from Lakselv, 1,800 kilometres north of Oslo, was stopped in January by police in Børselv, around 40 kilometres from his home town.

The picky police officer informed the driver that he was breaking the law by driving with fog lights and main beams in weather conditions that didn’t warrant such a combination.

The policeman then issued the motorist with a 7,200 kronor ($1,200) fine. But rather than accept his fine, the irate car owner told the officer what he could with the ticket, and where.

Pleading not guilty, the defendant told the court he believed he was justified in turning on two sets of lights after a fresh snowfall and with the car immediately in front of him churning up snow from the road.

He said his indecent proposal was fuelled by anger at the officer’s refusal to listen to his explanation.

In a double victory for the driver, the court also cleared him of the alleged traffic offence.

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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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