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FOREIGN MINISTRY

Sweden urges caution over London riots

The Swedish foreign ministry has issued a warning for Swedes visiting or resident in UK cities hit by riots, urging them to exert vigilance as the disturbances entered their third night.

Sweden urges caution over London riots

The outbreak of violence and looting began in London during the weekend when a protest against Thursday’s fatal shooting of a Tottenham resident in connection with his arrest got out of hand.

The disturbances soon spread from Tottenham to the districts of Enfield and Walthamstow in North London and to Brixton in the south. Over the course of Monday the riots and looting spread to Hackney, Croydon, Peckham, Ealing, Clapham and Lewisham.

According to Anika Digréus, the Sveriges Radio’s correspondent in London, the streets of Hackney were ablaze Monday night.

“As soon as the police left the scene, the youths that they had previously driven away came out of the side streets where they had been hiding – and the whole thing began afresh,” she said in a radio interview Tuesday morning.

“I saw for myself how the kids looted a shop as soon as the police left. The officers returned but by then it was already too late,” she said.

Since the beginning of the violence in London more than 450 people have been arrested and prime minister David Cameron as well as other officials have cut their holidays short to return to the UK capital to address the problem.

Meanwhile, riots have erupted in several of the UK’s largest cities including Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol.

The Swedish embassy in London is now urging Swedish residents and visitors currently in the British capital, as well as the other affected cities, to exercise caution, stay vigilant and to keep up with news reports to stay abreast of the developments.

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POLICE

Swede ‘burned to death’ in Bali hotel: report

A Swedish man is being hunted by police in Balibconnection with a fire at a hotel room that claimed the life of a fellow Swede.

A young male was discovered dead on the morning of Christmas Eve in a hotel at the resort of Kuta in Bali, according to reports in the Indonesian newspaper Jakarta Globe.

Early local reports suggest that the man died as a result of injuries sustained in some kind of fire that broke out during the night.

So far though, there has been no official confirmation of the actual cause of death.

Police are trying to locate another Swedish male who was booked in the same room.

The foreign ministry in Stockholm however has not yet confirmed the incident or any progress in the case.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, a Swedish man in his 50s has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in northern Cebu, an island off the mainland. The victim lived in the country with his Filipino wife.

The Swedish foreign ministry confirmed that he was hit from behind and came off his motorbike, suffering severe head injuries.

He was rushed to hospital in Cebu City, but did not recover from his injuries. Police have so far been unable to trace the rider of the other motorcycle involved in the accident.

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