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Police may be given control over bouncers

The police should be given responsibility for placing bouncers at bars and nightclubs, while also ensuring that they are regularly moved around to different establishments, according to a new proposal.

Stockholm County Administrative Board believes that such a move would help reduce the level of violence and threats in the city’s nightlife.

The proposal has been put forward by a working group consisting of trade union representatives, police and security guards.

According to police, there are a number of cases in which criminal organizations have taken control over entrance fees and cloakrooms.

“We have completely lost control of pubs and bouncers,” a police spokesman told Svenska Dagbladet.

Policeman Bertil Jansson, who managed the working group behind the proposal, is confident that the proposal will have the desired effect.

“It will remove the problem of bouncers watching each others’ backs,” he told Svenska Dagbladet.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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