Polish woman missing from Stockholm home

Police are searching for 37 year-old Agnieszka Mardyla, who went missing from her Stockholm home on April 20.

Polish woman missing from Stockholm home

Mardyla, originally from Krakow in Poland, has lived in Stockholm for more than twelve years.

On April 20, she was getting ready to fly home to Poland for a visit.

“She checked the flight numbers with her flatmate, and then left the house around 6pm,” her sister Barbara Mardyla told The Local.

Agnieszka Mardyla continued to text with her flatmate for another couple of hours on Friday evening.

“Since then, no one has heard from her,” her sister said.

Both Polish and Swedish police have been informed of her disappearance, but remain stumped as to what lies behind it.

Friends and family are also unsure what may have caused Mardyla to disappear.

“We’ve been trying to come up with reasons for it, but haven’t been able to. If I only knew why, this would feel easier,” Barbara Mardyla said.

“I’m so worried about her. I really hope she’s okay.”

Any readers with information relevant to the case are advised to call the Swedish police at 114 14.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.