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Blast rips into elderly couple’s home

An explosion rocked the house of an elderly couple in Kävlinge in southwest Sweden early Tuesday morning.

Blast rips into elderly couple's home

The couple escaped the incident without injury, but a door and wall of their home were destroyed.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the explosion.

Police received a call about the explosion shortly have 1.30am Tuesday morning, and a neighbour told the TT news agency that he was awakened by the blast.

“But we didn’t realized it was an explosion; we thought it was something else,” he said.

Police are remaining tight-lipped about the incident, refusing to comment on whether the investigation is heading in a specific direction.

“We certainly have theories, but we don’t want to speculate publicly,” Skåne county police spokesperson Martin Carlsson told TT.

Carlsson also refused to discuss what type of explosives were placed outside the front door of the couple’s home by one or several people.

“We have a pretty good idea but we aren’t saying anything,” said Carlsson, although he did confirm that the explosives caused the powerful blast.

The area around the house, which is in the Hofterup district near Löddeköpinge, has been blocked off as forensic investigators continue to search for clues.

According to Carlsson, police have interviewed the couple who lives in the house, their neighbours, and others.

“We going through all the information carefully and quietly,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to reveal what had come up during the interviews.

“But we’re casting a pretty wide net in the investigation. We view the incident very seriously and are doing everything we can to get some clarity on what happened.”

Currently, police have labeled the act as a case of suspected devastation endangering the public, a crime which puts someone’s life or health in danger, or causes comprehensive damage to one’s property.

Penalties for the crime range from two to eight years.

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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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