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Few violent crimes mar ‘quiet’ Midsummer celebrations

Rape, arson and another Malmö shooting were reported during Sweden’s Midsummer celebrations on Friday night, but most police regions summed up the big holiday as "a regular weekend".

Few violent crimes mar ‘quiet’ Midsummer celebrations
Midsummer celebrations in Stockholm's Hågelbyparken. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
In the North Region, police had a heavy workload during the evening and night hours, with public drunkenness, drunk driving, noise complaints, burglary reports and rescue efforts. 
 
Things were quieter in the Bergslagen Region, which contains Dalarna County and Örebro County.
 
“We had a bit more drunkenness and scuffles, but it's nothing serious,” Bergslagen Region spokesman Jens auf der Heide said shortly after midnight. 
 
During the early morning hours, however, a rape was reported at a tavern in central Örebro resulting in the arrest of the male suspect. A case of arson was also reported in Horndal.
 
“But overall, it has been relatively quiet throughout the region. It has been like a normal weekend,” Per Vikman of the Bergslagen Police said. 
 
Calm in western Sweden
In Western Sweden, the Midsummer celebrations did not cause any cause for concern.
 
“It has been a very quiet night and we have nothing to report,” police spokesman Jens Christensen said.
 
In Malmö, another shooting incident occurred but it was not immediately clear if it was connected to last week’s fatal shootings. One man was shot dead on Thursday in the city’s Lindängen district while three people were killed and a further three injured in a shooting on the Drottninggatan street in central Malmö.
 
Also in Malmö, there was a Midsummer incident in which a woman was beaten with a baseball bat and a man was stabbed with a knife. 
 
“Otherwise, it's been like a normal payday weekend and absolutely nothing special. There was drunkenness and some fighting but nothing we couldn't’ handle,” South Region spokesman Fredrik Bratt said. 
 
Several suicide attempts
In Stockholm, a serious theft occurred in which at least two people entered a man's residence, abused and threatened him and then stole two of his luxury cars. 
 
In Märsta, a man was wounded in a shooting and a Midsummer celebration in Norrtälje turned into a minor brawl.
 
“Otherwise, I would say it was like a regular weekend. Some serious crimes, some fights and misconduct, and several suicide attempts but no more trouble than usual,” Mats Eriksson of Stockholm Police said. 
 
Some problems on Friday were less serious. In Nås in Vansbro Municipality, the Midsummer Maypole broke at the middle while it was being erected. With a knife and some straps, quick-thinking revellers were able to ensure that the traditional dancing went off without a hitch. 

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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