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Man held over double murder in Stockholm

A man was arrested on Saturday evening in connection with a suspected double murder in a warehouse in Vallentuna north of Stockholm.

Man held over double murder in Stockholm

Two bodies were discovered by police in industrial premises in the town of Vallentuna north of Stockholm on Saturday afternoon. Police suspect murder.

Police were led to the bodies by a witness that had seen traces of blood leading into the warehouse building. Two bodies were found and a murder investigation was begun without delay.

When police arrived at the scene a 35-year-old man was also present in the premises, he was arrested and taken to the local police station.

Police doctors have examined the man and DNA samples have been collected from him.

The 35-year-old was interrogated by police on Saturday evening and after the interrogation was completed the prosecutor, Yngve Rydberg, took the decision to charge the man on suspicion of murder with an alternative charge of manslaughter.

Police were unwilling to comment on the investigation or whether the man has a previous record.

A further man was arrested in the vicinity of the warehouse building on Saturday and was taken in for police questioning. He was later released and is no longer part of the investigation.

The area around the premises where the bodies were found has been sealed off by police to enabled forensic technicians to examine the crime scene. Police have been knocking on doors in the area in an attempt to find witnesses to the crime.

The bodies have not yet been identified, according to Lotta Rung at Roslagens police.

Rung reports that a police patrol was in the area on Friday night responding to a call from a nearby property owner.

“A local property owner reported that there was a rowdy atmosphere in the area. A police patrol checked it out, but there was no one found to be in the area at the time,” she said to news agency TT.

It is unclear if the call has anything to do with the murders.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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