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CRIME

Gothenburg police warn of gang war

Police in Gothenburg are warning that two rival gangs are engaged in warfare there. The warning comes after a spate of shootings in the city.

The head of Gothenburg’s criminal investigation department, Klas Friberg, said shots fired at a parked car in the Brunnsbo area of the city on Tuesday could be linked to gang violence. Nobody was hurt in the shooting, but at least one shot entered a nearby home.

Friberg said it was unclear whether an attack on police helicopters at Gothenburg City Airport on Tuesday was linked to other shootings in the city.

The three helicopters are believed to have been shot at from outside the airport perimeter. Staff arrived at the hangar on Tuesday morning to find all three helicopters damaged.

Friberg said he did not know whether there was a link between the helicopter shooting at shots fired at a police station in Partille, near Gothenburg, on Sunday night.

Police in Gothenburg are drawing on help from the National Criminal Investigation Department and other national resources, Friberg said. He added that extra resources were being allocated to the Alcatraz Project, which has been set up to combat gang crime in the Gothenburg area.

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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