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Cop faces sack over ‘offensive and disrespectful’ blog

Police in southern Sweden have recommended the firing of a police sergeant who blogged about throwing stones at a thief and secretly dabbing the tip of his sex organ on car door handles.

Cop faces sack over 'offensive and disrespectful' blog

The sergeant was recalled from service with United Nations police forces in Sudan after finding he had maintained a blog under the pseudonym Farbror Blå (Uncle Blue).

Reacting to media revelations about the blog, police in the Skåne region launched an internal investigation and quickly discovered the identity of the mystery scribe, whose open-hearted exposé of life in the force was not appreciated by his superiors.

In its request for Uncle Blue to be removed from the force, the county police chief wrote to the police disciplinary committee that the sergeant’s blog “gives readers the impression that strongly sexist jokes and the offensive and disrespectful treatment of both co-workers and the general public are common occurrences among on duty police officers.”

The Skåne Police Authority also rejected as irrelevant Uncle Blue’s assertion in a letter to the force that the stories detailed on his blog were largely fictionalized versions of police tales heard on the grapevine.

“Regardless of whether the stories are personal experiences, retellings or made up, the Authority is of the view the stories have caused disgust and many people have taken offence.”

Officials cited three blog posts it considered particularly egregious.

In one case, the sergeant and his colleagues arrived at the scene of a possible suicide attempt. As fire rescue workers pleaded with the man to come down from the roof, the officers recognized him as “a bloody thief”.

“We threw stones at him and shouted: ‘Jump, you cowardly bastard!!!'”

The sergeant also claimed that he and a cop buddy had secretly marked a car driven by female co-workers.

“[We] bell-ended* the door handles, window buttons, gear stick, steering wheel, stereo buttons and the police radio buttons, as well as the receiver used to talk to the operations room”.

The practice of bell-ending, or ollning, involves a man touching an object with his glans and has established itself as a recurring form of practical joke in Sweden. The term comes from ollon, the Swedish word for glans.

“When the girls had driven around for an hour or so in the bell-ended police car we had a chat with them and revealed our bell-ending exploits.”

“Now we know what a facial expression of bleak anxiety looks like,” he wrote, ending his post with a smiley face.

In the third post, Uncle Blue told of how he shook hands with a man who had just hanged himself, provoking guffaws from his colleagues.

The sergeant has been placed on desk duty at the Skåne police department’s fraud unit as officials await a response from the disciplinary committee.

*Translation note: Bell-ending, a neologism derived from a slang term for the glans, is not a word in common English-language usage.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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