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CRIME

Stabbings during Swedish brawl leave one dead and two injured

A young man has died and two others have suffered serious knife injuries in a brawl which took place in Borås, western Sweden.

Stabbings during Swedish brawl leave one dead and two injured
Police investigating the scene of the incident in Borås. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

The altercation happened at 9.30pm on Wednesday in the Hässleholmen area of the town, where around 15 people were involved in a fight and several stabbings occurred.

“It was a brawl with stabbings. When we arrived at the scene there were between 10 to 15 young people there who then disappeared,” Christer Fuxborg, press spokesperson for Sweden's police in the west region, told tabloid Aftonbladet.

Police would not comment on whether the conflict was gang-related. 

One person managed to get to the hospital on their own, while others were taken by the police along with ambulance staff.

Three young men between the age of 18 and 22 were stabbed, with one of the men later dying from his injuries. Police have now opened an investigation into murder, as well as two attempted murders.

Several people have been questioned but they are not suspects and no arrests have been made.

Police have not been able to speak to the two injured men yet, but have received information from the general public.

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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