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Crime author policeman hangs up his truncheon

One of Norway's most famous crime writers has announced he is retiring from his day job as chief detective of the police in Larvik, south of Oslo.

Crime author policeman hangs up his truncheon
Horst at work in Larvik: Christian Elgvin
Jørn Lier Horst, who this year won the Glassnøkkelen, one of Scandinavia's most prestigious crime-writing awards, said that the success of his fictional creation, Police Inspector William Wisting, was making it impossible for him to pursue his real-life investigations. 
 
"It's the time pressure that has made me stop. With a full-time job in the police and four books in as many years, I simply do not have the time," he told VG newspaper. "There has been little time for family. As well as my two full-time commitments, I have a wife and two children I would like to spend time with."
 
Horst spent nine years in the police before finding success in 2004 with Key Witness, the first of his eight Wisting novels. 
 

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Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said. 

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