Swedes jail drunk Norwegian ‘superhero’

A Norwegian man found prowling the streets of Luleå in northern Sweden clad in a Superman costume was brought down to earth on Wednesday night after police took him into custody in order to sleep off his drunken endeavours.

Swedes jail drunk Norwegian 'superhero'
Photo: Brian Pennington/Flickr (file)
“He was seen stumbling about in a pretty drunk condition,” said police officer Erik Kummu to local paper Norrbottenskuriren. 
Locals had observed the man late on Wednesday night as he was staggering around on the Storheden shopping estate in Luleå in a highly intoxicated state. 
 “It is dark up there and there are all kinds of little slopes and hills, so we had to see if he was in need of help,“ Kummu told the paper. 
After receiving the call around midnight, police had managed to locate and identify the man some 30 minutes later. He was deemed as too inebriated to fend for himself and the wannabe superhero was therefore brought in to the local station to sleep it off in the drunk tank. 
However, according to police, the world was not robbed of one of its crime fighting geniuses, despite the man being locked up overnight. 
“It is not the real Superman,” Kummu reassured the paper. 
In fact, the man tuned out to be a holidaying Norwegian, visiting the town in superhero garb. 
The man, obviously craving his Kryptonite of choice, was again spotted in central Luleå the night after, sporting his superhero outfit and having had one too many. 
“He was allegedly thrown out of a local restaurant," Kummu confirmed to Norrbottenskuriren. 
This time, however, the police only kept an eye on the man and didn’t feel the need to bring him in.

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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.