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Father bites son’s finger off in New Year’s drama

A man in western Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of biting his son's finger off while in Malmö two prisoners managed to escape a correctional facility on an eventful New Year's Eve for the police.

Father bites son's finger off in New Year's drama
Fireworks ring in 2014 at Malmö's Turning Torso. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The authorities had described the countdown to 2014 as initially quiet but as the clocks edged closer towards midnight there were reports of trouble and fires across the country. 

In Kristinehamn on Sweden's west coast a 50-year-old man was arrested following a domestic incident in which his adult son's finger was apparently bitten off.

"It was a fight that took place in the home. I don't know what it is that sparked off this incident," Ronny Brattström of the Värmland police told Aftonbladet.

Officers arrived on the scene at 3:30 in the morning where the father was arrested on suspicion of assault. His adult son was taken to hospital but the extent of his injuries remains unknown.

Down south in Malmö two prisoners broke free from a correctional facility in Fosie. The alarm was raised just after midnight and a police search party was sent out to retrieve the prisoners without success.

Correction facility authorities said that the men were not considered dangerous but described their escape as a "failure."

"This is the first escape in a long time from Fosie," Birgitta Nilsson who works at the facility told Expressen.

It's understood that the men made their escape by smashing a window and police later found a burnt our car at the Öresund Bridge. Both men had previously been convicted for robberies and weren't residents of Skåne with police suggesting they had likely fled to Denmark.

Also in Skåne a man suffered minor injuries after a rocket was set off from a balcony in Helsingborg which started a fire that spread to three other balconies and subsequently destroyed an entire apartment.

In Gothenburg police reported a number of fights and incidents of assault. A man was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the shoulder in the city centre while three knife wielding thieves robbed a corner shop.

"During the night we had a lot of drunkenness, assaults and fights but nothing astounding or some major bodily injuries," Susanne Arvidsson of the Gothenburg police told the TT news agency.

In the capital there were no serious disturbances reported with police saying that it was a relatively normal New Year's Eve.

"99 out of 100 cases are alcohol related," Eva Nilsson of the Stockholm police told TT.  

The Local/pr 

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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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