Morning Headlines: Thursday 2nd November 2017

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Police, Border Guard Ferry Drills

Finnish police and military personnel are taking part in drills in the Baltic Sea today. The joint exercises started in the early hours of the morning and wraps up this morning. The scenarios involve an Eckerö Line ferry between Helsinki and Tallinn – with a helicopter landing on the deck of the ship as part of the drill. On board the ship, passengers were informed in several languages before the exercise started, so they wouldn’t be alarmed. Passengers in Helsinki will also likely notice increased police and military activities as the exercise continues.

New Political Poll

A new poll by state-funded broadcaster YLE shows the National Coalition Party solidifying its lead over the other parties with 22.8% support of people who took part in the survey. The Social Democrats and Centre Party were second and third in the poll, with slightly increased support. Meanwhile it was a big drop of 2.6% for the Green Alliance in 4th place, with the Left Alliance coming at 5th, and the Finns Party dropping 3% to land at 6th.

Missing Boy Found

A missing Espoo boy has been found by police. The 12 year old was reported missing more than two weeks ago, but Western Uusimaa police say he has been found, and a crime is not suspected in his disappearance.

Murder Suspect Arrested

In Mikkeli, police say they’ve arrested a man suspected of murder. Authorities believe the 20-year-old stabbed a man in a city apartment yesterday day evening, and police found him at the scene. He didn’t resist arrest, and the next steps in the case will be announced after the weekend.

Thursday Morning Weather

It’s a cold but bright start to Thursday morning in southern Finland, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Inland temperatures will start as low as -12°C around Lahti and -16°C on the eastern border. Meanwhile further north, temperatures are warmer in Lapland at the start of Thursday morning, as high as -3°C in some areas, with cloud cover and snow likely in the far north.