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Council targets rowdy revellers with lollipops

TT/Rebecca Martin · 1 Jul 2011, 08:28

Published: 01 Jul 2011 08:28 GMT+02:00

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“We have orange, green, yellow, pink, blue… Everything from raspberry to orange, so I am sure we have something for everyone,” said Matilda Hansson of the local authority behind the scheme, to local paper Nya Wermlandstidningen (NWT)

From this Friday night, volunteers will be distributing the colourful array of sweets on the streets of Karlstad to the general public as they emerge from the bars and clubs at closing time.

The scheme, which has had its inspiration from similar efforts in Derbyshire in the UK, was first tested in Karlstad on New Years Eve when volunteers distributed bags of onion rings to the public when the bars closed. According to Hansson it was a great success.

“People were happy to get a snack in the early hours – and also someone to chat to. We thought that a follow up was in order,“ said Hansson in a statement.

She said that the contact with those who dole out the sweets could be as important as the lollipop itself. Giving out lollipops will therefore be one way of making contact and increase safety on Karlstad’s streets during the summer.

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“You are seen and heard by someone, and you get something to do for a short while,“ she said to NWT.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:23 July 1, 2011 by Maggie Malay
"My Boy Lollipop.....You make my heart go giddy-up..."

(with apologies to 1960s pop singer Millie) Lol

I'm sure the eyes of the world will be on Sweden, at this time, to see how this ground-breaking idea of curtailing late night rowdyism, works out.

15:26 July 1, 2011 by tadchem
Handing out sugary treats to *calm* people? Are they flavored with Valium?
16:27 July 1, 2011 by Icarusty
Erm, sugar makes you more hyper, not chilled...
21:00 July 1, 2011 by kaze
Sugar doesn't make you hyper at all, that's a myth.

But I don't see how this works.
01:22 July 2, 2011 by dogtom
Don't see how it works? Think about it.... You're not going to be so much noise screaming and shouting in the street as you make you way home or to the efterfest when you're sucking on a lollipop, are you? Excellent idea. And they stole the idea from Derby? Well there's a thing... Wonders will never cease...
12:42 July 4, 2011 by PonceDeLeon
I got mine! After six straight hours of binge drinking, that "sucker" err lollipop did wonders. Cum by yah my lord cum by yah....
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