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Cops quiz 11-year-old over gang attacks

TT/The Local/og · 20 Jan 2012, 13:53

Published: 20 Jan 2012 13:53 GMT+01:00

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”The gang has been hanging around the area, sending out one or two boys at a time to rob the victims. The knife, or knives, have been shared around among the boys,” said Glenn Sjögren of the Malmö police youth department.

The attacks have all taken place in or around Folkets Park in Malmö.

In the latest incident on Thursday evening, two women, aged 26 and 31, were attacked within minutes of one another. Both succeeded in scaring away the young offenders before they managed to steal anything.

On Sunday evening two female victims in their twenties were also attacked at knife point by two boys.

One of the women received a minor cut to her hand when trying to protect herself against the thieves. The boys managed to take a small sum of money from her.

The knife that has been used in the attacks has been described by the victims as a bread knife or barbecue knife.

Police apprehended the young suspect from his school.

“We hope that the 11-year old, who is not the youngest, will tell us who the others are,” said the police to TT .

The boy will be heard in the youth department of the police family violence department which is situated separate from the Malmö police buildings.

“This is a tactical decision,” said Sjögren to TT.

“It is important not raise the boy’s status.”

The boy is not old enough to be criminally responsible, and will not be formally under suspicion for a crime. He can be legally interrogated for a maximum of three hours. After this, the case will be handed over to social services.

The interview will be conducted in the presence of the boy’s parents and a social secretary.

“The fact that the boy is 11 is very unusual,” Camilla Martinsson, one of the four social secretaries from the youth department in Malmö, told TT.

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Martinsson explained that the child's social circumstances and the potential need for treatment is what will be considered. Any measures taken will reflect the child’s situation, not the severity of the crime.

“You have to try to do things so it works out as best as possible for the child.”

The first step of the process is always to talk to a child and its parents, but sometimes children are forced to be detained in Sweden’s youth welfare system.

”You try to avoid taking a child into care unless absolutely necessary. It’s only a last resort,” said Martinsson to TT.

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Your comments about this article

15:34 January 20, 2012 by Flappytango
robbing people with a knife is not a childs game
15:53 January 20, 2012 by Svensksmith
Is he a member of the Apple Dumpling gang?
15:54 January 20, 2012 by jeffi_in_denmark
I am so happy I no longer live in Malmö. So much decay and creeping rot in 8 years. It is just sad.
16:32 January 20, 2012 by RobinHood
Whenever the Local prints a story about people who behave like beasts, why are they always from Malmö? What's different about Malmö from the rest of Sweden, say Kiruna or Gävle?
16:41 January 20, 2012 by Brtahan
Why people steal ?

1: its in thier dna, (very few).

2: they are poor and the community they are living in is neglected by the govt (this reason is most common).

See other countries like France, Usa etc People living in poor neighbourhoods have more crime rates because some of they lack education, ppl wont hire them because of thier address , skin color, etc. If they want to integrate ppl they shouldnt let them live in neighbourhoods in which their are ppl of all kinds not just from their home country . See canada they have lots of foreigner.
17:17 January 20, 2012 by Rod Munch
++What's different about Malmö from the rest of Sweden, say Kiruna or Gävle?++

Everyone knows that if we answer this question truthfully, the answer will get deleted by the mods.
17:26 January 20, 2012 by james7
@ Rod Munch: Another good question, why have the Swedish people not voted out of office the dishonest politicians who allowed so much immigration of foreign people who never intended to assimilate with Swedish culture and values?
18:18 January 20, 2012 by Rod Munch
@James7- Very good question. The media manipulation of news stories is probably a great place to start.
18:42 January 20, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Yes, media manipulation of news stories, some of it accepting EU cash subsidies for promoting multiculture and EU crackpot liberal policies.
21:06 January 20, 2012 by TheWatchman

We both know the answer to that, but it would be deemed racist to say it. It is extremely uncommon for Western 11 year olds to do this kind of thing in the 21st century. It is only fair to assume that they come from somewhere far south of Sweden.
21:53 January 20, 2012 by bcterry
Wherever they go, ......................................
23:13 January 20, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
it's bad news.....................................................
00:47 January 21, 2012 by David Warren
When you read "it is not the fault of the child it is because the government has failed to do something" it is enough to make a normal, rational person shake their head.

An 11 year old with a knife, a member of a gang or just out late at night without the parents knowledge is unbelievable.

What are the responsible, hard working parents doing apart from breeding more uncontrolled idiot children?

Oh yes, the parents are neither hard working or responsible.

They will however complain about the poor social services in Sweden.
09:10 January 21, 2012 by Kevin Harris
They would have issued a description, but unfortunately, he looked like Saddam Hussein, so they can't.
12:40 January 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
Correction: Saddam Hussein wearing low-riders.
16:02 January 21, 2012 by Dave N
Don't you just love living in a vibrant multi-cultural society? Come on, celebrate the diversity!
21:54 January 21, 2012 by TheWatchman
I love all these Saddam Hussein comments. I originally thought it was because of that argument in that article about the Queen, but I realized it was about the baby. I'm loving this.

Perhaps it is Saddam Hussein wearing a costume that looks like a child?
16:00 January 22, 2012 by gabeltoon
It all boils down to PARENTAL CONTROL. The parents need to be taught how to parent. I would agree with no 7.
13:44 January 23, 2012 by robban70226
old nough to rob peole... then are fo sure old enouh to pay te price, cut one hand out them u them in a hot oil fire in ublic, hat wil send he message to those SOb's. will be a favour to society to extemiate the trash
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