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Armed thieves escape after highway chaos

Police are searching for the men involved in a dramatic highway robbery in Stockholm on Tuesday night, in which one car was stolen at gunpoint and an armoured transport vehicle was rammed.

Armed thieves escape after highway chaos

It is believed that the thieves’ objective was to take the contents of the armoured vehicle, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The men rammed their own car into the armoured vehicle around 8.30pm on Tuesday night near Fredhäll in west Stockholm.

However, their own car was no match for the larger vehicle, and after the crash the men left their own car and made a run for it.

Witnesses saw three men, and told the paper that they were masked and carrying at least one automatic weapon.

The men fled the scene on foot. Soon after, a passing car was hijacked at gunpoint in a nearby area, which police assume was directly related to the crash on the highway.

“A person lost their car at gunpoint and the offenders left the scene in this car,” said Ulf Lindgren of the Stockholm police to Aftonbladet.

Some 20 police patrols and a helicopter were sent to the area, yet the men were not caught.

Meanwhile, the men’s own car was left on the highway, badly damaged from the ramming.

While no-one was injured in the melee, police are still unsure of the offenders’ whereabouts.

“We don’t know where they’ve gone but know what car we’re looking for,” Lindgren told the paper.

An investigation into aggravated robbery is underway.

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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). 

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