Stadium toilet rape ‘never happened’: police

Stockholm police have confirmed that they have closed their investigation into an alleged rape at a Stockholm football stadium on Monday night after new information indicated that the attack had never occurred.

“Details have come to light indicating that it hasn’t happened. We have held interviews with friends and acquaintances, and see no reason to continue the investigation,” said Sven-Olof Karlsson at Stockholm police to the Nyheter24 newssite.

The Local reported on Tuesday that a 19-year-old woman had approached police to report an alleged rape which she claimed had occurred during a match between Hammarby and visiting Halmstad at Söderstadion in southern Stockholm.

According to media reports, the woman had told police that she was on her way out of the toilet at the stadium when a man confronted her and forced her back inside.

She claimed that he had then proceeded to rape her until she had been able to call out for a friend.

Sven-Olof Karlsson was unwilling to specify the exact nature of the woman’s report.

“I can’t go in to what she has said or not said. But with the information we have, we can’t proceed with the case, unless something exceptional occurs,” he told Nyheter24.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).