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Wave of car fires in Gothenburg suburb

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08:47 CEST+02:00
Youth gangs were responsible for a number of fires in the Gothenburg suburb of Västra Frölunda on Monday night, with several cars set alight and police attacked with stones.

Five cars, a trailer and two mopeds were reported to have been set alight during the course of the evening with a tram and a police vehicle damaged by stone throwing.

The incidents were classified as aggravated criminal damage and police increased patrols in the area.

At around midnight there were large number of people on the streets near Vättnedal school, with adjoining roads barricaded by burning tyres, according to the local Göteborgs-Posten daily.

A number of local residents had gathered on their balconies to watch the events unfold.

"How can you do this in an area in which you live? Where are the parents and why don't the police drive through the gates?" asked a man in his his twenties who has lived in the area for ten years.

By 3am the area was once again calm and under control, while police have confirmed that no arrests have been made.

The Local reported in early April that more than twenty cars had been torched in the Backa suburb of Gothenburg in protest stretching several nights following a police operation.

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