No reason to believe that there was a knife inside the picture

The man in his 50s who said that he was stabbed on a jogging trip in Skien, was not stabbed anyway, according to the police.

The police searched with great resources for a perpetrator after a man said that he had been stabbed in a forest area in Skien. Photo: Trond R. Teigen / NTB
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The police are working on several hypotheses after the report that a man was stabbed in connection with a jogging trip in the Gulset area in Skien at 6.30 pm on Tuesday night.

– We are working according to several hypotheses, we currently have no specific perpetrator we are looking for. We have not been able to conduct a full interrogation of victims, but based on the information we have now, it is a hypothesis that the injuries may have occurred as a result of an accident or a fall or the like. We will get more clarity in this when we have questioned the offended, says acting police station chief, Sigrid Dahl in a press release on Wednesday morning.

The police first reported that it was a stabbing, but on Wednesday morning the police changed the theory, writes VG.

Erik Gunnerød in the Southeast police district tells VG that there was no reason to believe that there had been a knife in the picture. The action is said to have been stepped down after the police spoke to the man.

– There has been no active search last night, and as the situation is now, we have no reason to believe that there has been a man out in the woods, he says.

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Witnesses found the injured man in his 50s at 6.30 pm on Wednesday and reported to the police.

This led to an armed action by the police, and both dog patrols and helicopters assisted in the search for a perpetrator.

Hikers were asked to stay away from Åletjern and Ugleveien in Skien.

– We understand that this was experienced as frightening for those who live in the immediate area. It is important to say that based on the information we now have, there is no reason to say that those who live in the immediate area should feel insecure, Dahl says in the press release.

It should only have been about surface injuries, and the man has now been discharged from the hospital.

Police hope to question the man during the day.

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