Robber attacks police station

A search is underway in the small Swedish town of Gullspång for a robber who attacked a receptionist and stole a small amount of money - from a police station.

The robber struck on Thursday morning at the small police station in central Sweden, which is usually staffed by one officer. At the time of the attack the officer was out on duty, and the receptionist was the only person at the station.

The man knocked on the staff entrance of the station, and the receptionist opened the door, thinking that it was the policeman returning from his rounds.

The robber hit the woman, knocking her to the ground, before making off with the petty cash kept in the station, which according to the police contains money paid by people applying for passports.

“The money was not locked away,” police spokeswoman Anna Rosenberg told Dagens Nyheter. “We don’t know how much money was in the box, but it can’t have been very much.”

Police say they have sent dog patrols out to search for the attacker, but so far without result.

The receptionist was taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries. She has so far been too shocked to be able to give police a description of her attacker.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.