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CRIME

Man shot in Stockholm robbery

A man was shot in the leg early on Thursday afternoon during a robbery at a jewellers in Åkersberga in the north of Stockholm. The extent of the man's injuries are not yet known. Police are hunting for two suspects who escaped in a car.

“I don’t know yet how serious the person’s injuries are. It seems that it was a member of the public who received a bullet wound to the leg,” said police spokeswoman Ann-Charlotte Wejnäs.

Police do not know whether the criminals succeeded in salvaging anything the robbery.

The injured man has been taken to hospital. A number of witnesses who saw the man being shot in the leg have been taken to hospital to be treated for shock.

“According to witnesses, a fight or a tumult broke out in connection with the robbery and then this person was shot. We do not yet know whether the man was inside the shop or just close to it,” said Wejnäs.

Police called in a number of patrols, including a helicopter, to search for the two thieves.

At the same time, a forensic team stayed behind at the jewellers to secure various traces left behind in the robbery.

HEALTH

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 

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