Dirty diaper ‘terror’ keeps Swedish town on edge

A town on the east coast of Sweden has been struck by a wave of unusually smelly crimes, where dirty nappies are pilfered from bins, unwrapped by the perpetrators and strewn around public places.

Dirty diaper 'terror' keeps Swedish town on edge

”It feels unreal, and it is a terribly unpleasant feeling because we don’t know what it’s all about,” said local preschool head Carina Bryngelsson to The Local.

Norrgårdens preschool in Iggesund, close to Hudiksvall, on the east coast of Sweden, was first to be struck by the daring dirty diaper distributor.

“We came back to work after the weekend to find the diapers from our garbage strewn around the school area,” said Bryngelsson.

At first, staff thought it was a simple teenage prank but when the same thing happened again the weekend after, Bryngelsson decided it was time to get a lock for the bins and report the matter to the police.

Since taking these precautions, the preschool has been spared further visits by the messy marauders, but cut off from the mother lode, they bin diving-nappy snatchers have begun targeting the houses of people living in the nearby residential area.

One parent told the local paper Hudiksvalls Tidning (HT) that someone had gone through her bin over night and removed a large quantity of used diapers.

“About 200 diapers had been placed in the playground. It felt extra unpleasant that they had been unwrapped,” she said.

According to Bryngelsson, parents in the neighbourhood are getting increasingly uneasy about the whole thing.

“From what I have heard, some people are choosing to remove toys from their backyards and around their houses, so as to not advertise that there are children living there and avoid having their bins raided,” she told The Local.

Josef Wiklund, head of the police crime prevention unit in the area, told HT that he has never before heard of perpetrators who concentrate solely on excrement.

”I completely understand if people are getting upset and worried, that it is both irritating and insulting,” he said, adding that the police would welcome any information from local people who might have seen or heard anything.

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Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime