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Swedish police raid wrong Malmö flat

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09:29 CEST+02:00
Police searching for a suspected criminal in Malmö in southern Sweden on Friday mixed up the address and raided the wrong apartment, leaving the roughed up residents with a seriously damaged front door.

"It was completely surreal...the door suddenly burst open and in stormed fully-equipped police who started to scream. It was like an American film," Hanna Flodr told the Aftonbladet daily.

Flodr, who was in the apartment with her 65-year-old father Pavel, was sleeping when the police arrived and forced their way in at 9.45am on Friday morning.

The pensioner, who is reported to have a heart condition, was forced to the floor at gunpoint and with a knee in his back.

The police unit meanwhile separated the hapless Hanna from her father and proceeded to search the apartment. The only item of interest that they were able to find however was an aluminium case containing her water-colours.

Hanna Flodr explained that she later learned that the police were looking for a known criminal who they believed was hiding at the address as part of the Malmö police's push to tackle organized crime.

The Flodrs live on Trelleborgsgatan and according to Pavel Flodr the address the police were looking for was on Trelleborgsvägen.

After spending some 90 minutes at the flat the police concluded that they had indeed mixed up the addresses and moved on.

According to the local Sydsvenskan daily, the police unit raided a further address in the vicinity at around 3pm on Friday.

Hanna and Pavel Flodr were left on Friday afternoon with a smashed up front door and after contact with the police they have been told to report the incident.

But the pair have been left shaken by their experience and subsequent treatment by the police and thus intend to press charges.

"It is not enough to say 'sorry we'll conduct an internal investigation'," she told the newspaper.

Local Malmö police chief Mats Svensson meanwhile expressed regret over the incident.

"The most important thing is that no one was hurt... But this type of thing shouldn't happen," he told Aftonbladet.

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