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Swedish police called after sandbox brawl

TT/Rebecca Martin · 28 Apr 2011, 12:30

Published: 28 Apr 2011 12:30 GMT+02:00

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"He hit me," the indignant boy told police regarding the actions of his equally young playground opponent, according to a report in the local Arbogabladet newspaper.

The call came in shortly after 6pm on Tuesday after the boy returned home from the playground.

Whenever a call comes into the station, operators make an assessment as to whether police need to intervene.

As it turned out, police decided that no squad car needed to be sent in response to the boy's report about Tuesday's sand pit brawl.

Instead the boy was advised to speak to his parents to see if they could help him solve the problem.

“If it doesn’t work out, the parents are more than welcome to contact us,” Lars Hamrin of the local police told the paper.

According to Hamrin it is not that unusual that small children call the police.

And generally, the officers don’t mind.

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“It is wise of parents to teach their kids the SOS number,” he said to the paper, referencing 112, Sweden's national emergency telephone number.

Police have chosen not to investigate the matter further.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:19 April 28, 2011 by J Jack
Police ignoring assault complaint because it is from a child? This is how bullies build little empires, because they know they can get away with it. If they showed a squad car to simply send the message, don't hit other kids, it could be a nicer sandpit for everyone.
14:43 April 28, 2011 by Rishonim
Poor little Malte got shoved around in the sand box by little Viggo and then went straight home to call the police. Silly wabbit ;-)
15:02 April 28, 2011 by Swedesmith
Hello officer, I'd like to register a complaint. The neighbor's cat keeps trying to bury my son in the sandbox.
15:24 April 28, 2011 by swedejane
Well, at least we've found criminals the police aren't afraid of...too bad they don't show this much interest in cracking down on the organized crime happening in Backa and Frölunda.
18:55 April 28, 2011 by jamesblish
Kind of brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "sandlådenivå".
22:22 April 28, 2011 by eZee.se
Lucky this kid only got hit... had he been downloading MP3s - that hurts the large corporations that buy the politicians and the judges that make the police move around - the sh** would REALLY hit the fan!

Beat up someone... cool.

Rape... no biggie.

Child porn... aww, the IFPI supports that (google it).

10:43 April 29, 2011 by rami_20
haha..what a cry-baby beeatch!
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