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Dozens of vehicles get punctures after suspects throw spikes

Published tisdag 1 november 2016 kl 10.28
Traffic on the E4.
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The incident caused long delays on the E4. Photo: Mårten Randberg/ Sveriges Radio
A tyre spike
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The spikes used are thought to be similar to the one shown here. Photo: August Bergkvist/Sveriges Radio

Around 50 vehicles got punctures on Tuesday morning after men suspected of burglary threw tyre spikes out onto the E4 motorway in an attempt to evade capture.

Eight men were later arrested over the incident, which caused chaos to commuters travelling close to Arlanda Airport.

The burglary took place at a phone shop in the early hours of Tuesday morning, TT news agency reported.

Police spokesman Lars Byström told Swedish Radio officers arrived on the scene quickly after the alarm was triggered and were able to stop a number of cars and make the arrests despite the suspects throwing the spikes out onto the road.

A large number of vehicles’ tyres were punctured by the spikes and traffic came to a standstill, Byström said.

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