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CRIME

Fresh set of fires plagues Ystad

After a month of relative calm, the town of Ystad in southern Sweden was hit by another series of fires believed to be purposefully set early Monday morning.

No one was injured by the blazes.

Firefighters received the first call shortly before 3:00am in response to a fire in the enclosed porch of a house in central Ystad which contained offices used by the municipality to conduct daily activities.

The porch was completely destroyed by the blaze.

Shortly before 4:00am, another call came about a fire in a multi-family dwelling. While the fire turned out to be minor, the building’s stairwell had been filled with smoke.

In the interim, emergency crews had received calls about two other fires, one in a waste bin outside a building and another in a garbage dump outside a restaurant.

The cause of the fires has yet to be determined, but initial evidence suggests they were purposefully set.

As of 6:00am Monday, no suspects had been arrested.

In early October, Ystad was hit by another series of fires believed to be set by the “day break pyromaniac”.

A 44-year-old man, who had been suspected in a serious of arson in connection with several previous fires, was arrested.

The man was detained and prosecutors had requested he be remanded in custody. But the man was released following his remand hearing because the district court didn’t think the evidence against him was strong enough.

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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