Man jailed for building skate ramp with bits of friend’s house

A man in southern Sweden has been convicted of vandalism among other charges after attempting to surprise his friend and build a skateboard ramp using materials ripped from the friend’s house.

A 22-year-old man from Halmstad claimed he wanted to surprise his new-found friend but will now sit behind bars for two months.

The man built a skateboard ramp in the backyard of a friend’s home. The friend was away at the time of construction.

The man ripped wooden planks from his friend’s patio and used metal pipes to construct the ramp.

He discovered the needed tools in his friend’s car, which was locked. He smashed through the car’s side window and grabbed the tools that were there to carry out his work.

When his friend returned home, he found a skateboard ramp in his backyard, a torn up patio and an ax thrust into the wall of his house.

While the 22-year-old admitted he broke into the car and built a skate ramp from the patio, he denies intentional damage. He claimed the window was broken by accident and the ramp was built as a surprise, according to local media Halland’s Post.

The man was sentenced to two months imprisonment on charges of assault, harassment, vandalism and stealing a car.

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Vandals damage iconic Norwegian sculpture

Norway's famous Sinnataggen or Angry Boy sculpture has been removed for repairs after vandals attempted to saw off its left foot.

Vandals damage iconic Norwegian sculpture
Photo by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

The bronze sculpture, a national treasure and arguably the most famous work by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, was damaged during the early hours of Tuesday.

It will be returned to Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park once repairs have taken place.

Oslo Municipality, which owns the park and the sculptures, has said it is currently investigating the incident. It is not the first time someone has vandalised the work and in 2005 surveillance cameras were set up around Sinnataggen.

“This is damage to a protected cultural monument and the matter will be reported to the police,” Oslo Municipality said in a statement.

The city said it wants people to be able to enjoy the art up close and hopes they do not have to set up barriers.


“We hope to resolve the matter quickly and that the sculpture returns… as soon as possible,” the municipality statement said.

Sinnataggen has been displayed in the park since 1940, where it has been subjected to vandalism on a number of occasions.

On New Year’s Eve 1991, it was stolen before being recovered and in 2012 somebody painted the depiction of a stamping baby completely red.

There are 58 bronze sculptures, modelled by Vigeland between 1925 and 1933, on display in the Frogner park.

In 2017, an original miniature of the worlds most beloved angry toddler sold for 1.6 million Kroner. The miniature version was cast in 1911 and is one of ten different versions of the angry boy. Unlike the larger, more renowned version, the miniature has hair on its head.