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Several youths reported missing at scout event

Several people have been reported missing from the World Scout Jamboree currently taking place in Rinkaby, outside Kristianstad in Southern Sweden.

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.

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.

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Missing scouts ‘could have fled’ to Denmark

One of the twelve young people from Sierra Leone who disappeared from the World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby has returned, while police believe that the others could have fled to Denmark.

The alarm was raised yesterday when the West African youngsters could not be found, despite all their belongings being left at the site. The remainder could be on their way either to Copenhagen or back home, according to the police.

In press briefings yesterday the police said they were keeping an open mind on whether a crime had been committed or not, but now it seems they have accepted that the youngsters have left the country of their own will.

Jens Nygren, internal commander at Kristianstad police told DN.se. “Someone has talked to them and they said they would get back home to Sierra Leone.”

Meanwhile in a separate incident, fears are growing for a German family that has failed to return to their campsite in Kristianstad. The family of four left early last week on a canoe trip on Lake Immeln, but there has been no sign of them since. They were due to check out of the site on Wednesday but failed to show up, leaving their car and caravan untouched. Police are continuing their search.

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