Suspect arrested after cash depot heist

Police have arrested one man in connection with a spectacular armed robbery that took place at a cash depot in a Stockholm suburb in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“The person was arrested half an hour after the robbery,” police spokesman Mats Eriksson told Sveriges Radio.

At least two thieves were seen breaking into the cash depot with the aid of cutting torches and explosives. They entered the building from an aerial platform shortly after 4am.

By the time police units began arriving at the address in Bromma the thieves had already left. According to witnesses they drove away in a sand-coloured SUV.

At the back of the depot police found a burnt-out truck with an aerial platform.

After a lengthy search, police discovered two security guards who had hidden inside the building after being threatened by the armed thieves.

“The bangs caused by detonating explosives meant that they didn’t dare show themselves immediately when police began looking for them,” said police spokesman Håkan Westin.

Police are questioning the men to find out the number of people who participated in the robbery.

“They seem to have gone through a very traumatic experience and will be given the care they need,” said Thord Axelsson, Panaxia Security’s local manager.

Police believe that the thieves managed to escape with a sum of money.

“When police entered the building there were banknotes strewn all over the floor,” said Håkan Westin.

But Thord Axelsson told Sveriges Radio that Panaxia’s security precautions had restricted the amount of cash available and that “those who carried out the attack are less pleased than we are”.


Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.