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Teen girl ‘pushed’ from balcony – dies

Police are suspecting foul play in an investigation into an accident where a young woman was found lifeless below a balcony in the Stockholm suburb of Hässelby in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“It is the circumstances that make us suspect murder. The people present at the time of the incident, what others have seen and heard,” said Kjell Hellström of the Stockholm police to news agency TT.

The young woman was discovered lying on the ground next to an apartment building in northern Stockholm by residents in the area early on Thursday.

“There were several calls coming in saying she was lying there,” Hellström said to newspaper Aftonbladet.

Police arriving on the scene thought that the circumstances were “suspicious” upon entering the flat where the young woman lived and a preliminary investigation into murder has been initiated.

“She was taken by ambulance to a hospital but died there,” said Mats Eriksson of the west Stockholm police to TT.

The police were unwilling to comment as to whether the woman was injured in any other way than from the fall.

Two people near or in the flat when the police arrived were brought in for questioning over the course of Thursday, but according to police they will be released. Officers working on the case have no other suspects at the moment.

Police think they know who the girl is but they still need be 100 percent certain in their identification of her.

During Thursday officers have been taking witness statements from residents in the area.

“We are now working on interrogating these people we have brought in and finding out who she is,” said Hellström to Aftonbladet.

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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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