Police in Oslo had another drama on their hands during the night, and in one of the capital’s most popular residential neighbourhoods. It all started after a man attacked a ticket inspector on board a city tram, and bit him.
The bizarre attack took place as one of the trams was making its way through Oslo’s Majorstuen neighbourhood. The man who objected to being asked to show a valid ticket then jumped off the tram and ran several blocks to the residential street of Suhms Gate.
He then barricaded himself in an apartment on Suhms Gate and proceeded to throw items including glass and knives from one of its windows down to the street below. Police felt compelled to cordon off the area and block the street for thru-traffic because of the man’s unpredictable behaviour.
Police finally forced their way into the apartment and arrested the man, who put up a fight. State broadcaster NRK reported that he was no stranger to police, with a record of prior offenses.
Two parked cars were damaged after being hit with heavy kitchenware tossed by the man from the apartment. City crews arrived to clean up broken glass, and the ticket inspector was receiving follow-up assistance from public transport agency Sporveien, which runs the trams. Police said neither police officers nor the man were injured when he resisted arrest.