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Man stabbed on board Swedish train

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed in the stomach on a train between Stockholm and Hallsberg.

Man stabbed on board Swedish train
File photo: Tobias Röstlund/TT

Police were able to apprehend the suspect, who ran from the train when it was stopped due to the incident.

The stabbing was reported to police at 7:49pm on Saturday by several people on board the regional train from near the town of Bålsta, according to news agency TT.

“We received a call to Bålsta Station. A man is believed to have been stabbed in the stomach and he has been taken by ambulance to hospital,” Matilda Isaksson, officer in command at Uppsala Police coordination centre, told TT.

The train was stopped by police request at Bålsta – not a scheduled stop for the service – when a man attempted to escape across the platform but was apprehended shortly afterwards, reports the agency.

He is now held by police under suspicion of attempted murder.

“We are now carrying out investigations of the scene,” Isaksson said.

A number of witnesses to the incident were on board the train and will be interviewed by police, reports TT. One witness told tabloid newspapers Expressen and Aftonbladet that the man became violent after he was found to be travelling without a ticket, turning his anger on a passenger sitting adjacent who had become involved in the situation.

The man who was stabbed sustained serious injuries but is in a stable condition, according to a report from Uppsala University Hospital.

Police have taken the relevant train carriages out of service as evidence and they were moved away from the platform at Bålsta. Sweden’s transport administration (Trafikverket) reported no delays on the affected section of track after 10:30pm Saturday.

Staff on board the train were sent home from work and all passengers were taken to their destinations by alternative means, Anders Edgren, press officer with Swedish rail operator SJ, told TT.

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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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