An apparent family feud in the rural west coast community of Etne, Hordaland County, climaxed over the weekend when a man used a tractor to attack the home of some relatives. The house looked “just terrible” by the time he was through, according to the local mayor who’s now providing the family with crisis assistance.
The disgruntled tractor driver, who hasn’t been publicly identified, repeatedly smashed the tractor into the walls of the house. Inside were three members of the family living in the home, and they were terrified.
“It looks just terrible, the house was razed on one size,” local mayor Sigve Sørheim told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “Both glass and walls and just about everything else are damaged.”
Sørheim, one of the first to arrive at the scene of the bizarre tractor attack on Sunday afternoon, said the man had fled in a stolen car that later collided with the police as they tried to arrest him. He was initially taken to an emergency clinic for medical care and is now in police custody, charged with vandalism and traffic violations, reported newspaper Bergens Tidende.
“There’s a lengthy family conflict behind this, and this was something they feared would happen,” Sørheim said. He said the family was in shock but was getting assistance from local officials and temporary accommodation in a neighbouring house until their own could be repaired.