Around 100 cars damaged after further suspected arson attacks

Around 100 cars have been damaged after two cars were set alight in a suspected arson attack in the Uppsala area, north of Stockholm.

Around 100 cars damaged after further suspected arson attacks
A man walks past vehicles damaged in car burnings last week. Photo: Adam Ihse / TT

The fire was started in a garage in Gränby, in the north of the city, shortly before 2am on Monday morning. Firefighters extinguished the flames around two hours later.

“It was two cars that were burning, but the garage contained around 100 cars which have been damaged to a greater or lesser extent by the heat. The fire was contained in the garage the whole time,” Bosse Eriksson from Uppsala's emergency services told the TT newswire.

Eriksson added that the fire was “probably” caused deliberately, but police have not yet made any arrests.

It comes after a spate of similar attacks last week, mostly across Gothenburg and the west of the country with around 80 cars set on fire in the region. Police said those attacks may have been coordinated.

On Saturday night, there were eight new car burnings across western Sweden, Göteborgs Posten reported, with between one and three vehicles affected in each incident. Police said they suspected the fires to have been started deliberately, but had not identified the suspects.

A police press officer said that they didn't believe Saturday's car burnings were connected to each other or to the arson incidents last week. Instead, she told the newspaper they were likely isolated incidents which typically occur shortly before the start of the school year.

READ ALSO: What's behind the car burnings in western Sweden?


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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