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Naked key hunt lands groom-to-be in jail

A hunt for the keys to a booze-filled shed led a naked Norwegian all the way to the drunk tank last weekend after a hankering for a snack got him out of bed and into trouble.

Naked key hunt lands groom-to-be in jail
Photo: Sanja Gjenero (File)

Hans Christian Skullestad had already slipped under the sheets on Saturday night when hunger struck and he got back up to chomp on a chicken drumstick.

Despite his fiancée’s protestations that he’d already had enough to drink, Skullestad was adamant that he needed a beer to wash down the late-night snack.

The stark-naked groom-to-be made a beeline for the garden shed, where the couple had stored a massive stockpile of drinks in preparation for their wedding next month. But to his enormous dismay, the door was locked.

Convinced his budding bride had hidden the key, Skullestad embarked on a good-natured chase that quickly took the pair outdoors and onto the streets of Rygge, south-eastern Norway.

“It started in a humorous fashion but ended up with the police putting me in handcuffs,” he told newspaper Moss Avis.

After leaping over the garden fence to track down the bearer of the keys, the thirsty pursuer was astonished to suddenly find himself in a scuffle with a taxi driver.

“She threw the keys into the taxi and I threw myself in after them. Suddenly the taxi driver found himself with a naked man on his lap, and he wasn’t to know if I was an attacker or a lunatic, so he tried to throw me out of the car.”

As Skullestad bit the driver's nose in a bid to escape his firm grip, the cabbie hit the emergency button in his car and within two minutes the police were on the scene.

After his release from a cell in Fredrikstad on Sunday, Skullestad said he wanted to go public with his story so people in the area wouldn’t think he was a wife-beater.

He also apologized in the local paper to the taxi driver, who had only pulled over because he thought he was witnessing an attempted assault.

“I can well understand that. I’m 1.90 metres tall and my girlfriend is from Vietnam and is considerably smaller. What’s more, I was naked.”

He later found out that his mischievous fiancée had in fact lobbed her car keys into the taxi cab – the keys to the shed had been hanging in their usual place in the hall all along.

Fortunately, however, Skullestad’s brush with the law hasn’t led either of them to consider parting company long before death does them in. The wedding is set to go ahead on August 10th.

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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.

READ ALSO: You can now get married at this famous Norwegian beauty spot

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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