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Drugs found in murder suspect’s coffee grinder

Norwegian police now think the ex-wife of a murdered chief executive drugged him before he was set alight inside his BMW, after they found traces of anaesthetic in her coffee grinder.

Drugs found in murder suspect's coffee grinder
The site where Per Gunnar Asheim's BMW was found - JØRGEN BRAASTAD / VG
Investigators found the drug in the grinder Helena Asheim kept in her house in Tranby, just outside Oslo.  The same substance has been detected in the body of her ex-husband Per Gunnar Asheim. 
 
Police found Asheim dead on the 27th March, after a passing hiker reported finding the burnt-out car in a parking lot in the village. His ex-wife, who has always denied guilt, was arrested and charged the next day. 
 

According to VG, police still do not know for sure whether 57-year-old businessman was alive or not when the car caught fire. 
 
The wife's bank statements show that she bought matches and a can of diesel in the days before her husband's death. 
 
The couple had been in the middle of a custody battle over their two children. 

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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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