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Council cuts down wrong Christmas Tree

Published onsdag 25 november 2015 kl 17.55
"He called the police and told them that they had a tree missing"
(2:46 min)
One of the Christmas Trees in Jönköping this year is "stolen". Whether it is this tree, it is not known. Photo: David Westh/Sveriges Radio
One of the Christmas Trees in Jönköping this year is "stolen". Whether it is this tree, it is not known. Photo: David Westh/Sveriges Radio

An eight metre high pine tree was reported missing to the police in Jönköping county. It turns out that it was the local council that had cut down the wrong tree for the Christmas decorations.

The story is told by Roger Anehagen, who lives in Mullsjö, a little outside Jönköping in south central Sweden. Last year, the Christmas tree in Rådhusparken in central Jönköping blew down, and Roger Anehagen called the council to say that he had a nice old tree that they could have, it would be beautiful as a Christmas Tree. He was told that the council had already found a replacement, but they took his number and said they would get back to him.

So this year, when it was time to find a new tree to put up, the council called him to ask if he still had a tree that he wanted to give away. Absolutely, said Roger Anehagen, and they arranged that someone from the local council would come and collect it.

"But time passed (and nothing happened). So I called him again and then he said that they had already picked up the tree. And that is where the problem started, because my tree was still standing on my property," says Anehagen and laughs.

"And at the same time, my neighbour, five blocks down, called the police and told them that they had a tree missing!"

The neighbour did not have a clue what had happened, suddenly they just saw that the tree was gone. He went on Facebook to ask the people in the village if they knew anything about the tree.

"We saw it on Facebook and messaged him that we probably know what had happened," says Roger Anehagen, who thinks that this will be a story to laugh about for many years to come.

At the local council it is less of a laughing matter. Jan-Ove Vilhelmsson, head of the technical department in Jönköping council tells the local radio station in Jönköping that it is a regrettable mistake and they are currently looking into what went wrong.

They have been in touch with the man who reported the tree missing and will be meeting him later this week to discuss a solution and a possible reimbursement for the tree that was "stolen".

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