Heavy fines for snow and ice on roofs

Swedish police say they will ruthlessly enforce regulations governing house owners who do not clear dangerous icicles and snow from their roofs.

They promise to slap an $18,000 fine on those who do not comply.

The fines have long been in existence but the police have not tended to apply them. However on Thursday a police team took to the streets of Stockholm in search of dangerous icicles and overloaded roofs.

House owners or appartment associations will now be given a 48-hour warning to clear their roofs - or face stiff fines.