Conman operated for 24 years

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Austrian police have arrested a conman from Wels in upper Austria who allegedly travelled the country for 24 years defrauding people and businesses as he went. Police were alerted to the man’s activities after an acquaintance of his complained that they had lent him €7000 in a written contract – and that he was refusing […]

Bomb panic at district authority office

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A district council building had to be evacuated after a man threw a parcel bomb into one of its rooms.The suspect was arrested after trying to flee the building in Horn, Lower Austria, this morning (Weds). Explosives experts found out that the bomb, hurled into a third-floor office from the hallway, was live and could […]

Elderly ‘King of Burglars’ exposed as drug gang boss

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An elderly Austrian nicknamed the “King of Burglars” has been identified as the ringleader of a drug-smuggling syndicate.Police in Vienna announced today (Weds) that Erich K., who spent many years in prison on account of hundreds of break-ins, was arrested earlier this week. Nineteen alleged accomplices are facing charges as well, officials added.The 77-year-old criminal […]

Worker buried by collapsing treetop

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A 57-year-old forestry worker had to be hospitalised after he was hit by a falling treetop in woodlands near Horn yesterday (Weds).The man from Geras, Lower Austria, was buried by hundreds of kilos of branches for some minutes before colleagues managed to free him. The frail treetop reportedly collapsed after the workers cut back trees […]

Burgenland man arrested over €1mn drug trade claims

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A Neusiedl am See resident is accused of having dealt drugs worth almost one million Euros.Police in the province of Burgenland said today (Fri) that the 31-year-old man was put in custody yesterday. He is suspected of having started the illegal activities at age 15.Officials said the street sale value of the substances the suspect […]

Carinthia seizes 350 kilos of mushrooms

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Mountain authorities in Carinthia confiscated more than 300 kilograms of illegally collected mushrooms this summer, it has emerged.The local Alpine administration body said today (Fri) officials seized 350 kilograms of mushrooms from people who breached regulations.Provincial rules have it that people must not pick more than two kilos of mushrooms a day per capita during […]

Vienna Zoo penguins not yet waterproof

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Carers at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo said their new-born Western Rockhopper Penguins were not allowed into the water as their feathers were not waterproof yet.Visitors can watch the ten young penguins born over the past four and a half weeks hopping around in a separate enclosure.Zoo bosses said the audience favourites were scoffing up to 20 […]

Klagenfurt police arrest four heroin dealers

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Police said drug dealers they had arrested on the weekend had earned more than 600,000 Euros selling heroin during the past 11 months.Investigators in Klagenfurt announced today (Mon) the four-member all-male gang aged 19 to 22 had been taken into custody and 1.8 kilograms of heroin had been confiscated.Police found out the gang – who […]

Vienna auctioneer pays €455,000 for Croatian gold and silver

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A Vienna-based auction house has purchased the gold and silver stocks of a Croatian company that are worth almost half a million Euros, according to a newspaper report.The Croatian daily Slobodna Dalmacija claimed today (Weds) that auctioneer H. D. Rauch GmbH had won the public tender for 18.5 kilos of gold and 152,425 kilos of […]

Drunk visits cop shop with a kilo of explosives

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A drunk man carrying 1.1 kilos of explosives showed up at a police station in Saalfelden, Salzburg, on Tuesday night demanding to speak to officers and ‘spill the beans’.The 25-year-old told startled cops he would “name names” and tell them where more of the explosive, an industrial product called “Gelatine-Donarit,” was stashed if they revoked […]