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FOOTBALL

Football thugs riot in Stockholm pub

Twenty-seven football fans were arrested in Stockholm on Saturday night after a riot broke out at a pub in the Södermalm area of the city. The fight between supporters of rival football clubs left nine people needing hospital treatment, including two police officers, and caused significant damage to the Dubliners pub on Hornsgatan.

The fight is said to have involved around 100 hooligans allied to the Hammarby and Djurgården football clubs. There are conflicting reports as to how the fight began. Aftonbladet reports sources saying that it followed an incident two hours earlier in a pub in Gullmarsplan in which five Hammarby supporters were attacked by Djurgården fans. Dagens Nyheter reports that a group of Hammarby supporters were upset to find a large group of Djurgården supporters in the pub, which is a traditional haunt of Hammarby fans.

Svenska Dagbladet reports that the riot began when one man made an unprovoked attack on another customer at the pub, hitting him on the head. This man was among those arrested, and was reportedly still being held by police on Sunday evening. Rioters used glasses, bottles and pub furniture as weapons in the fight, which spilled out from the pub onto Hornsgatan.

“It was unreal,” one eyewitness told Aftonbladet. “People used anything they could find to fight with.”

When the first police arrived, between sixty and 100 people were fighting. The first police patrol, with only four police officers, was overwhelmed, and had to wait for reinforcements. The two police officers injured in the riot belonged to the first patrol on the scene. They were taken to hospital for treatment. In total around 100 police attended the fight, as well as four ambulances.

Aftonbladet reported that “dozens” were injured in the fight, and that seven supporters required hospital treatment. Among those injured was a man with knife wounds to his head. There was also significant damage to the pub, with most windows smashed and furniture destroyed.

Of the 27 people arrested at the scene, 25 were set free on Sunday morning. Two others, including the man said to have started the fight, were still in police custody on Sunday evening. Prosecutors will decide on Monday morning whether to apply to keep the men locked up.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet

CRIME

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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