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Bandit mums face robbery charges

Three women in their thirties are facing prosecution in connection with a cash transport robbery worth 2.7 million kronor ($400,000), Expressen reports.

On April 11th this year, a 30-year-old woman employed by Panaxia Security picked up a consignment of cash in a secure transport vehicle in a south Stockholm suburb.

While driving the van to its destination, the security guard hit the alarm button. When police arrived, they found the divorced mother of one in a state of some distress.

She told officers that a dark-skinned man had tied her up and locked her inside the vehicle before making off with the cash.

But the police were not entirely convinced by her story and a subsequent investigation soon led them to suspect the involvement of a 33-year-old woman. According to Expressen, the two women were very close friends.

The two main suspects were arrested after police found 700,000 kronor in a shoe box in the 33-year-old’s home.

A search of the 30-year-old’s home led to the discovery of a sheaf of thousand kronor notes stuffed inside a sugar jar hidden behind her daughter’s cuddly toys.

The women have denied the charges against them but a third woman, a 35-year-old mother of four from Värmland, has admitted to receiving 40,000 kronor from the 33-year-old. She told police that she had been asked to lodge the money to a Jamaican bank account.

The remainder of the haul, almost two million kronor, remains unaccounted for.

“I have no idea where the rest of the loot might be,” prosecutor Jakob Holmberg told Expressen.

In addition to the women, police suspect that there may be an “uncle” still on the loose. This was the name given to a person with whom the women were in contact at the time of the robbery and whose name was recovered from their mobile phones.

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Eminent Swedish psychiatrist killed in Almedalen knife attack

The Swedish psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren was named on Wednesday evening as the victim of the knife attack at the Almedalen political festival.

Eminent Swedish psychiatrist killed in Almedalen knife attack

Wieselgren, 64, worked as National Coordinator for Psychiatry at The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKR), and was stabbed in the chest on Wednesday at 2pm as she was on the way to a seminar on children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses such as ADHD and Autism. 

She was given CPR until an ambulance arrived, and taken to the Visby Lasarett, but died shortly afterwards. 

Wieselgren had worked throughout her life to communicate with the public on mental health and psychiatric issues, contributing several times to the Thought of the Day slot on Swedish state broadcast SR, and recording videos on YouTube.  

Hours before her death, she recorded and published a video clip in which she said, “However well we do in building our society, some people will have difficulties. Sometimes life is not so simple, it is not so nice to us”. 

Wieselgren’s death was officially confirmed in a press release from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions on Thursday morning. 

“SKR has lost an appreciated and much-loved employee, her colleagues have lost a good friend, and Sweden as a whole has lost one of the strongest voices for psychiatric health and psychiatric care,” said the organisation’s chief executive Steffan Isling. “She was a strong voice for those who are otherwise not heard in the national debate.”

Sweden’s health minister, Lena Hallengren, said in a statement on Twitter that Wieselgren had been for her “an important source of knowledge and inspiration in the work against psychiatric ill-health.” 

“The message that Ing-Marie Wieselgren has died in this horrific attack in Visby has left me in dismay,” she said. 

According to the Sweden’s Expressen and Aftonbladet tabloid, the 33-year-old attacker, who is being held on suspicion of murder, has links to the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR), and had expressed support for the far-Right Alternative for Sweden party. 

According to the anti-extremist magazine Expo, the man signed up for so-called “support membership” of NMR in 2015, and wrote several articles for the organisation’s Nordfront newspaper. 

He also took part in at least four of the organisations demonstrations between 2017 and 2018, after which it is unclear if he was still actively engaged. 

According to Expo, the man attended the Almedalen festival in 2014, at which he wore a Sweden Democrat t-shirt, but he told a representative for the neo-Nazi Svenskarnas party, that he also supported them. 

“I sympathise with the Sweden Democrats, but I also support you,” he said, the magazine reported. “You are the spearhead of the nationalist movement.”

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