Two members of one family were appearing in a secure courtroom in Malmö district courthouse on Thursday, charged with threatening and assaulting a member of the other family.
Police, who had predicted trouble, had sent a number of patrols to the court in advance of the trial. During searches on a number of cars in the area, officers found weapons and arrested three people on suspicion of intention to assault.
“We’ve found knives, machetes, iron bars and expandable batons,” Commander Anders Meier told Sydsvenskan.
A short while later, when a person left the court, a fight broke out under the police’s noses involving a large number of people. Sixteen people were detained for breach of the peace.
Security around the court was tightened further after the incident, and barriers were erected to seal off the area around the building.
The feud between the two families has had a number of dramatic episodes. A few days ago a 56-year old man was sentenced to ten years in jail for attempted murder after shooting down another man in Möllevångstorget square in the city.
In the middle of June a man was shot in a car park in the city’s Rosengård estate, an incident the police are treating as attempted murder.
Fighting also broke out at the trial for the Möllevångstorget shooting, when two people in the public gallery started fighting.
Police said they would interview on Thursday night the three people arrested for intention to assault. The 13 people detained for breach of the peace were released later on Thursday afternoon.