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Woman run over and killed by ex-husband

A woman in her fifties died on Friday morning when she was hit by a car driven by her ex-husband in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

The man, who is also in his fifties, has been arrested on suspicion of murder with an alternative charge of manslaughter.

According to reports the man drove the car at high speed up a path heading into the courtyard of a residential building close to Norra Infartsgatan.

Police and ambulance services were called to the scene at around 10.20am on Friday and police soon suspected that the incident was not a case of a regular traffic accident.

Ambulance staff were unable to revive the woman and she was declared dead at the scene.

The male driver of the vehicle was found near the parked vehicle close to the scene and he was detained and formerly arrested on Friday afternoon on suspicion of murder with an alternative charge of manslaughter.

“We think it is a relationship issue. We currently have no information over the lead up to the incident but we hope to gain clarity on that issue during the interrogation,” said Calle Persson at Skåne police to the local Helsingborgs Dagblad daily.

Persson said that the man had no previous criminal record and was not known to the police.

“The only thing of note is a couple of traffic offences,” he said.

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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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