Man arrested after death of Lapland trips seasonal worker

The boyfriend of British woman stabbed to death in Lapland while working for a tour firm has been taken into custody by police.

The 26-year-old, believed to be from Scotland, was found dead in the village of Kuttanen in Finland on Saturday.

Lapland Police said her 36-year-old Czech boyfriend fled on a dog sled and a manhunt was launched involving snow scooters and a helicopter.

The man was found a few hours later in the wilderness, in temperatures of -30C, and taken to hospital.

After treatment he was taken into police custody on suspicion of killing the woman, the BBC reported.

The couple were seasonal workers in the area, close to the border with Sweden.

The woman, who has not been named, was employed by Santa Safari, which works with operator Transun to organise Christmas-themed excursions in Lapland.

Transun posted a message on its Facebook page saying that some of its tours could be disrupted as a result of the Finnish police investigation.

It said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of staff working for our overseas supplier Santa Safari was discovered dead on the 3rd December.

“The thoughts of everyone at Transun go out to the family, friends and the Santa Safari team. We will do everything we can to support them at this difficult time.

“Due to the police investigation that is taking place locally there have been some changes to planned Transun tours.

“For anyone whose holiday has been disrupted, we will be in touch. We thank everyone in advance for their understanding.”

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