'Hitler's double' arrested by Austrian police

The house where Hitler was born has been at the center of a legal debate for several years.

Austrian police have said that an Adolf Hitler lookalike who was arrested on Monday will likely be ordered to remain in pretrial custody on Wednesday. He had his hair slicked to the side and was sporting a toothbrush moustache, similar to Hitler's own personal style.

Glorifying Hitler or the Nazis is a crime in Austria and police are now investigating the matter.

The Austrian authorities announced last October that the house in which Hitler was born is to be demolished to stop it becoming a "pilgrimage and memorial" for neo-Nazis. Photographs also showed him in traditional attire, including a loden jacket and lederhosen.

The man, originally from Styria, moved to Braunau in mid-January.

It appears the mysterious figure has frequented the town on a number of occasions with dozens of locals claiming they have seen the man wondering the streets.

An acquaintance of "Harald" told local media that the 25-year-old had dropped out of art school and had taken acting lessons.

AN ADOLF Hitler doppelganger has been spotted wandering around the Furher's hometown with his distinctive moustache, haircut and clothing.

Braunau, a town of 17,000, has made recent headlines because of its historical ties to Hitler.

The daily newspaper Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten said on Saturday that the man had also been seen in a local bookstore browsing through magazines about World War Two.

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