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Cops step in as frozen corpse found in stream

Swedish police at first suspected foul play after finding a dead man frozen in a stream near the skiing resort of Åre on Monday.

Cops step in as frozen corpse found in stream
The Swedish ski resort Åre in Jämtland County. File photo: Jakkra/Flickr

The police told local newspaper Öresunds-Posten (ÖP) that a passer-by had found the man, whose body was frozen in a stream and whose identity has yet to be confirmed. The police said that the victim was likely in his twenties. 

Police in central Sweden's Åre, one of the country's most popular winter sports destinations, said they believed the man had died either during the night or early on Monday morning.

"We've found identification in the man's clothes. All I can say now is that the man comes from southern Sweden," Jämtland County police spokesman Per Thelin told ÖP.

 The stream pictured is not the one from the story. Photo: Patrick Cain/Flickr

Police at first treated the find as a possible crime, in part to ensure they had a full compliment of investigative resources at their disposal.

But by Monday evening, forensic investigators deployed to the scene ruled out foul play.

"It was an accident," Thelin later told the TT news agency.

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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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