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Lewd cop blogger loses job

A police officer in southern Sweden who had blogged indecent and sexist stories from his day job has lost his job.

The National Police Agency’s (Rikspolisstyrelsen, RPS) staff disciplinary board has decided to dismiss the man with immediate effect. The policeman’s indecent and teasing blog about his day job became too much for his employer.

The Skåne police officer claimed in his blog that he would depict the unembellished truth about the job that no one dared to talk about.

Writing a blog under the pseudonym Farbror Blå (Uncle Blue), the self-professed officer wrote that a mentally unstable woman he met in the service had allegedly made sexual advances towards both him and his partner.

In addition, further blog posts included details of how he shook hands with a dead man who had hanged himself, provoking guffaws from his colleagues.

He and a male colleague had also “bell-ended” (ollat) a police car – that is, pressed his genitals against the interior of a police car before female colleagues would ride in it.

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 police management became aware of the blog through a newspaper, the policeman said that everything was made up and intended as a joke.

The police officer had previously been suspected of sexual assault, but the prosecution noted that it was not possible to connect anything he had written to the actual events and decided not to prosecute him.

However, the Police Authority (Polismyndigheten) in Skåne wanted the police officer dismissed regardless of whether the stories were true or not. His actions were deemed to have damaged the reputation of the police and even offend and disgust.

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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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