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Halloween revelers keep Swedish police busy

TT/Joel Linde · 30 Oct 2011, 15:09

Published: 30 Oct 2011 15:09 GMT+01:00

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"It's been hell to be honest," Tony Persson with Gävleborgs police told the TT news agency.

His colleague, Anders Jönsson in Stockholm, suspected the relatively warm weekend weather might have contributed to people staying out later, and consuming even more alcohol.

"People were lying in piles and we were running shuttles back and forth," he told TT.

In Malmö in southern Sweden, nearly 200 police reports were filed, but police refused to speculate about whether they had any connection to the warmer weather or Halloween.

"The only things that can be directly connected to Halloween are two cases of egg tossing at houses and one at a bus," Cindy Schönström Larsson at Skåne police said.

About 50 cases of drunkenness were reported, as well as 30 cases of assault. There were also ten reported muggings, half of which occured Malmö.

One person was taken to hospital after being assaulted, and two muggers forced a 76-year-old man to reveal his ATM code, promptly emptying his account of than 10,000 kronor ($1,600).

Also in Gävleborg in north central Sweden police had a rough weekend.

On Friday, the international rap star 50 Cent performed in Sandviken, and the aftermath became a rough one for police, who apprehended 17 drunks. And the following night also offered some action, when three people were arrested and 28 apprehended in just a few hours.

"Halloween celebrations and pay day, it was a miserable weekend," Tony Persson told TT.

In Uppsala just north of Stockholm 35 people were apprehended, compared to 25 which is the normal number for a weekend, Tommy Karlsson at Uppsala police explained to TT.

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"It has been a little more intoxication than normal, but less crime. Less assault and less vandalism," he said.

In the Västerås area in the northern parts of Lake Mälaren, police instead experienced more vandalism than usual, and they also had to break off more parties and act as negotiators when "trick-or-treating" got out of hand.

"Considering it was pay day and the beginning of autumn break we expect a little more," duty officer Jimmy Lindvall told TT.

"And of course we could feel it was a weekend with a somewhat higher workload."

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:41 October 30, 2011 by Abe L
I'm confident that despite all these happenings they still found time to write speeding tickets.
19:57 October 30, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Those pesky Pay Day's maybe they should stagger them so the whole area is not paid on the same day?!!
20:20 October 30, 2011 by skogsbo
so in the whole of Sweden about 100 folk were arrested, hardly a crime wave or a crazy weekend, compare that to midsummer or any of the other drunken summer events, music festivals etc.. low news weekend?
21:02 October 30, 2011 by Online Personality
According to the Swedish tax-funded site, muslim.se, Halloween is evil, in part, because it's part of a tradition which recognizes Christian saints, All Saints' Day. If you eat godis or distribute godis on this evil day, you and all others who celebrate Halloween will burn in hell. The site asks that you share this information with everyone you know, so considered yourselves warned.
22:03 October 30, 2011 by skogsbo
thankfully halloween and all it is associated with is fiction, just like religion, so I'll still sleep soundly. ps godis are for saturday, not monday :)
01:15 November 1, 2011 by SecondGen

My Saturday morning newspaper in Chicago headline was 15 shot in 7 hours, and that was only the Friday night of our weekend. More were shot on Saturday. At least it's not like Detroit used to be with the hundreds of arson fires for Halloween.

All in all, it sounds pretty safe there..
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