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Suspected serial rapist arrested

"The hardest case in 30-35 years" police said at a press conference Tuesday.

Updated 16:45

A man thought to be responsible for a series of rapes and assaults during the weekend has been arrested in Örebro, west of Stockholm. Police say they have technical evidence that ties the 23-year-old Swedish man to several rape cases.

The man is also suspected of several rapes and attempted rapes in the area during the past few years, Swedish Radio News reports. At a press conference on Tuesday, police in Örebro said that this has been one of the hardest cases they have been working with for the past 30-35 years.

Some 500 people have been tested for their DNA, but it was not until Monday that they felt they had made a break trough.

"We now have technical evidence that this is the man we have been looking for," Karl Wallin, chief commissioner at the Örebro Police told reporters.

The 23-year-old man has not been convicted of any crimes earlier.

According to an earlier theory there were at least two men who committed the crimes, but according to police only one serial rapist has been involved.

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