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Swedish teen suspected of attempted murder over gym attack

A 15-year-old boy is being held on suspicion of attempted murder after he attacked a 17-year-old at a gym in Ängelholm on Saturday.

Swedish teen suspected of attempted murder over gym attack
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
The 17-year-old victim was found severely injured after the attack at the Friskis & Svettis training centre at around 6pm on Saturday. Police immediately apprehended the 15-year-old suspect and he was formally arrested a few hours later. 
 
The Friskis & Svettis in Ängelholm wrote on its website that the attack involved a knife and that fellow gym-goers intervened in the assault and helped to save the victim's life. The gym said it would increase its security as a result of the incident. 
 
“Our thoughts go out to the victim and his relatives. We also feel great gratitude to all the members who helped save lives and deal with the situation at Batterifabriken [a section of the training facility],” company CEO Bodil Nordkvist said. 
 
The victim was left in a serious condition as a result of the attack. 
 
Police plan to carry out a full-scale forensic investigation at the scene of the crime on Monday. 

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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