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Gang attacks ambulance in Sundsvall

A gang of youths are reported to have attacked an ambulance in Sundsvall in the early hours of Sunday morning. A number of other violent incidents were also reported in the town on a night police described as "very messy".

At around 1.30am police were called to Ljusdalen, north of Sundsvall, where ambulance staff called out to help a woman with respiratory problems suddenly found themselves under siege.

“The healthcare workers locked themselves into the ambulance when they were prevented from driving away,” said police spokeswoman Eva Lindberg.

“The youths smashed the windscreen and aimed kicks at the ambulance,” she added.

The ambulance staff eventually managed to escape and the situation had calmed down by the time police arrived.

Just a few minutes earlier a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the thigh outside a party on Bergsgatan in the centre of town.

“A dispute out on the street turned violent and one man was slashed in the thigh with a knife. The injury is not thought to be life-threatening,” said police spokesman Stefan Edin.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having carried out the attack.

Two girls also claim to have been assaulted on Bergsgatan, Expressen reports.

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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.” 

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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. 

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