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Several youths reported missing at scout event

TT/The Local/gm · 6 Aug 2011, 11:55

Published: 06 Aug 2011 11:55 GMT+02:00

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The police have confirmed that they received an alarm early on Saturday morning that between four and twelve people are apparently not accounted for at the annual get together.

Those missing are, according to reports, from Sierra Leone in West Africa. Their belongings were left behind at the camp, reports the daily newspaper Sydsvenskan, although police are keeping an open mind on whether it is a criminal matter or not.

“We are currently identifying the exact number and where the missing have gone." Said Jens Nygren, police internal command in Kristianstad.

“We do not suspect a crime has been committed, we believe they have disappeared voluntarily,” he added.

The scout jamboree is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It was originally set up by Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the scout movement, as a way of bringing together people from all over the world.

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The first meeting took place in 1920 and, with the exception of the war years and the cancelled meeting in Iran in 1979, it has taken place every four years ever since. This years event in Sweden is the 22nd.

40,000 people will attend this years week-long event which ends on Saturday. As previously reported, prime minister Göran Reinfeldt will attend the jamboree on Saturday along with his counterparts in Finland and Denmark.

TT/The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:29 August 6, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
They should have dissappear taking Reinfeldt and his Alenius with them. After that, I hope they come back so Swedes do not start with their usual speculations.
18:22 August 6, 2011 by Svensksmith
Where is the supervision?
21:11 August 6, 2011 by johan rebel
Not being a Swede, I can fortunately speculate all I want!

So, lemme guess here . . . the missing scouts will either turn up as "ensamkommande flyktingbarn" (asylum seeking minors), to the great satisfaction of blue-eyed, trusting and gullible Swedish taxpayers; or else vanish in the illegal aliens community.
21:35 August 6, 2011 by old git
got on a train with no ticket?
00:49 August 7, 2011 by cutthecrap
Anchors away!!! if you will excuse the pun.
02:24 August 7, 2011 by Meatbawl
Prime minister Göran Reinfeldt? Really?
08:49 August 7, 2011 by Boar
No. Prime Minister Fredrik Persson.
13:02 August 7, 2011 by viroz
They just step out of their way to only get to know sweden and nothing else.
16:31 August 7, 2011 by Mb 65
What did they expect, it happens every time.
13:17 August 8, 2011 by Streja
Hahahahaha, what a typo.
23:12 August 8, 2011 by Smallnose
Missing? They just travelled with SJ and met a conductor.
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