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Gothenburg cabbie shot in the back

A cab driver in Gothenburg, in western Sweden, was shot while on duty late on Thursday evening in the northeastern part of the city.

“He was shot in the back,” said officer Robert Edh of the county police to news agency TT.

The attack took place in the Gårdsten district in northeastern Gothenburg around 11pm on Thursday evening. Police were quickly called to the scene and a local witness said two shots had been heard fired shortly before.

The driver was taken to the Gothenburg Sahlgrenska hospital. Police are still unwilling to disclose the extent of his injuries.

According to news agency TT, the man has sustained serious injuries but his condition is currently stable.

Police said that at least one person was later seen running from the scene, although witnesses have mentioned two people in the back seat of the vehicle.

Bullet holes were found in the car, which has been taken in for forensic analysis.

Around midnight, officers were still talking to witnesses who could have seen or heard the shooting take place around the Gårdsten community centre.

As of yet, however, police are not certain how much help their statements will be.

“We are fine-combing the area to be able to finish our report and move on,” Edh told TT.

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HEALTH

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 

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