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Police mistake singing for screams

February 11, 2009

Swedish police said they broke down the door of a hostel after hearing what seemed to be a woman’s screams, only to discover an opera singer was practicing.

Police in Umea said they became suspicious after a man who appeared to be loitering outside of the Gamla Fangelset hostel late Friday eventually used a door code to enter the building, and a sound that resembled a woman’s high-pitched screams was heard shortly after the man went inside, Swedish news agency TT reported Wednesday.

They thought somebody in there was in distress and made a decision to raid the premises, police spokesman Peder Jonsson said.

However, when the police broke down the door and entered the building, they discovered members of a South African choir cooking food in the hostel’s kitchen.

A representative from the hostel soon joined the singers and explained to police that the high-pitched sound had been a female member of the choir practicing for an upcoming performance at the Norrlandsoperan opera house.

Police said the officers left the building after determining that no crimes had taken place.


Source: upi



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