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Thieves make a dog’s dinner of lorry theft

Thieves in southern Sweden on Thursday broke into the back of a lorry and made off with a stash of dog food. It’s unclear if the culprits knew what they were stealing or if the robbery was a bit of a dog’s dinner.

Thieves make a dog's dinner of lorry theft
Police are baffled as to why the thieves stole dog food. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

On Friday morning police were called to a rest-stop on a northbound lane on the E4 motorway between the southern Swedish towns of Linköping and Norrköping to investigate a rather unusual robbery.

The night before robbers had broken into a foreign lorry and made off with the contents, which was mostly dog food, the news website Corren reported. 

“I guess the driver was asleep and only discovered in the morning that the cover had been cut and the goods stolen,” police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik told The Local.

Agnevik doubted that the thieves actually intended to steal dog food.

“It’s probably a mistake from the thieves’ side,” he said. “Usually they tend to steal electronic goods, cigarettes or alcohol. I've seen stranger things, but this was a bit special.”

The extent of the theft is currently unclear and at present police have few leads to sniff out the perpetrators.

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses in the area. 

Interview and additional research by Elin Jönsson.

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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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