Wine thieves clear out world-famous cellar

Ulriksdals Wärdshus, a restaurant and old event hall world famous for its French red wine has been robbed of its entire collection, valued at more than 3.5 million kronor.

The collection consisted of more than 600 bottles from every vintage of the 20th century from the six Grand Cru castles of the French Bordeaux region. The collection has been registered by Guinness Book of Records for years as a unique wine collection.

The theft happened on the night of 22nd July, but now the owners of the restaurant have spoken out.

“Our neighbor went by the building on the Sunday morning and saw that there was a theft,” said Katarina Ström, manager of the restaurant. “When we got there we saw that the thieves had broken in and taken all of the 600 wines in the collection.”

Ström said the alarm system was disabled allowing the thieves to have hours to burgle the place. She said the heavy-duty glass security door had been opened with a crow bar. “It must have taken hours,” she said, adding that they took the security tape before leaving.

She said the thieves then went down into the cellar where the collection was stored at 16 degrees Celsius in semi-dark conditions.

“They must have had boxes there to carry up all of that wine,” Ström said. “They took every bottle. It must have taken a long time to pack.”

She said police did not find any fingerprints or DNA, but did find a footprint. She said police told her the only way to solve this case would be to have people call in with tips.

“I can’t believe all of the wine is gone,” she said. “Guests used to love coming down and looking at it.”

Ström said the restaurant is insured, but said she did not know how much she would receive back. Some of the bottles were worth more than 35,000 kronor.

“It doesn’t matter, you could never replace this collection,” she said. “It isn’t like you can turn around and sell the collection to an auction. I don’t think this was an inside job, but many know about the wine. There must be a very happy person with his own Bordeaux wine collection now.”


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