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Teen gangs suspected in Stockholm robberies

Police in Stockholm are tracking a criminal gang of 14 to 17-year-olds suspected of carrying out a number of violent robberies in the city’s southern districts.

In the past two weeks, police have arrested three young people believed to belong to a gang calling themselves the Black Scorpions, the Metro newspaper reports.

In one recent arrest, police apprehended a 17-year-old boy who had robbed a grocery store at gun point and then assaulted an older man who tried to intervene.

Police hope the arrest will help them gather more leads about the Black Scorpions, which they believe to be a youth feeder gang for the Black Cobras, a criminal gang with roots in the Danish capital of Copenhagen which has spread to Sweden in recent months.

“Arresting him is an important step in breaking the upward trend of serious robberies in the southern districts,” the police’s Johan Gustavsson told the newspaper.

Neighbourhoods in the south of Stockholm have been hit by a wave of violent thefts recently, with members of youth gangs high on the police’s list of suspects.

Police investigators continue to map out the various criminal networks, some of which they believe have members as young as 14-years-old, complicating the prospects for prosecution.

In Sweden, young people under the age of 15 cannot be criminally prosecuted, while offenders between 15 and 18 years old are only sentenced to prison for particularly heinous crimes.

Police suspect the robberies are part of the initiation process for gaining membership in the Black Cobra criminal gang.

“We’re gathering data on these young people through different types of surveillance. We’re using undercover surveillance, but we’re also finding youth suspected of belonging to different bands of thieves,” Gustavsson told Metro.

According to Danish press reports, the Black Cobras have been in existence for around ten years. The gang is believed to have been formed in Roskilde by Palestinian immigrants but has since also come to encompass criminals from a number of ethnic backgrounds, including Danish.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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