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Underwear-clad Norway man foils theft in -17C

A car thief in Norway got more than he bargained with when the vehicle's owner, dressed only in his underwear, clung heroically to the vehicle's roof in temperatures of -17C to foil the theft.

Underwear-clad Norway man foils theft in -17C
In a scene worthy of a Hollywood movie, a 25-year-old Norwegian man was woken on Tuesday night by the unwelcome sound of his car's engine starting up, police reported.
 
Without stopping to dress, he dashed out into the snow, grabbed the car door handle and managed to clamber onto the roof, where he clung on for several kilometres as the car travelled at up to 90 kilometres per hour.
 
He then smashed the back window with his knee and grappled with the thief before the car slid into a safety barrier on a bridge and came to halt.
 
“Bruce Willis wouldn't have managed that,” commented Jan Nesland, police chief in Randesund, a town in southern Norway where the incident took place.
 
“It's not what we advise people to do but now he's done it, it's really an incredible story,” he told the television channel TV2.
 
Police are questioning the thief, who was reportedly already known to the authorities for other robberies.
 
The car owner, whose name has been withheld, received hospital treatment for cuts and scrapes to the knees and legs — not to mention the cold.

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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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