Police Catch Runaway Pig

Police in the northeast of Iceland announced today that they’ve caught a runaway piglet following a search, Vísir reports. However, they have not been able to identify the owner of the piglet so that it can be brought back home.

The police received a report on a piglet or a small pig roaming around in a backyard in Kjarnagata in Akureyri, a town in the north of Iceland. Officers arrived at the scene so they could attempt to catch the pig.

Pigs sometimes kept in homes

There was no information available on how the piglet escaped. Pigs are farmed in Iceland, but are occasionally kept in homes. The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority has warned that keeping piglets in homes requires great care. Disease control is paramount and treatment of the pigs must be humane. Individuals must notify the authority if more than two adult pigs or more than twenty piglets are being housed together at any given time.

The police posted a photo of the pig on Facebook in an attempt to reach its owners or those who might have further information on the piglet’s living situation.

Suspected Murder in Akureyri


A man is being detained by police following the death of his wife in their rental apartment in an Akureyri building. The man is in his 60s and will be held for a week on suspicion of murder, Vísir reports.

Domestic violence suspected

The woman was around 50 years old and the couple had just moved into the apartment this winter along with their son in his 20s. Neighbours described having heard shouting from the apartment at times, but did not notice anything Sunday night or Monday morning when the woman passed away. Police arrived at the scene Monday morning after 4 AM.

Police are investigating whether the incident was a case of domestic violence that resulted in the woman’s death, sources said.

No official information

However, local police have not given any official information about the case, not even about the age of the people involved or their relationships. The investigation is at a sensitive stage, police said, and Reykjavík Metropolitan Police technical staff have been flown north to Akureyri to assist in the crime scene investigation.

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Four in Custody After Suspected Homicide in Ólafsfjörður

Icelandic police

North-East Iceland’s police report that four are in custody after a man was found dead in Ólafsfjörður in North Iceland last night, October 2.

Akureyri police responded to a call at 2:34 AM last night. In the police report, it is stated that the man was stabbed with a sharp object.

The deceased was not the resident of the house he was found in, and the initial police report states that he was a visitor.

First responders are reported to have tried to resuscitate the man, but were unsuccessful. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police in North Iceland are investigating the case, assisted by the technical lab of the capital area police force.

According to RÚV, the deceased and one of the suspects had a long-standing dispute that had escalated into physical threats earlier this year.

The police report states that the investigation is in its initial stages and that no further information is available at this time.