Six hurt in restaurant fire

A fierce fire in a restaurant in the southern Swedish town of Kristianstad on Friday morning has injured six people.

The alarm was raised at six o’clock on Friday morning at the Banken restaurant in the town centre. Six people were staying in a flat belonging to the restaurant. They included restaurant staff and members of a band. Five people managed to escape by jumping from first floor windows or by climbing down the fire brigade’s ladders.

One woman had to be rescued by firemen. The woman is said to be unconscious but in a stable condition. The remaining five peoplewere taken to hospital suffering from burns and the effects of smoke inhalation.

By 9.30 on Friday, firefighters reported that the blaze was under control, although it seems that there are scant hopes of saving anything of Banken:

“The restaurant is completely burnt out,” emergency service spokesman Torgny Ekholm told Sydsvenska Dagbladet.

Police say that it is too early to speculate on the cause of the fire, and a full investigation will be carried out.

Aftonbladet reports that the fire is the second to hit the restaurant’s owners in the past month. A restaurant in Eskilstuna which on April 30th was burned down in an arson attack was owned by the same company that owns the restaurant in Kristianstad, the paper says.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime