Wave of car burning crimes in Sweden moves to poor Stockholm suburb
- Top 10 News for 10/17 - 10/21: Merger Rumors Abound; CEOs Depart; Tesla Kicks Autopilot Up A Notch
- Wall Street ends flat; Microsoft rallies, healthcare falls
- AT&T (T) in Advanced Talks to Acquire Time Warner (TWX) - DJ
- Rockwell Automation (ROK) Said to Attract Takeover Interest from Schneider Electric - Source
- British American Tobacco Offers to Acquire Remaining Shares of Reynolds American (RAI) for $56.50/Share
Firefighters extinguish a fire which had damaged cars after the vehicles had been set alight, in Malmo, Sweden, August 15, 2016. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson/via REUTERS/File Photo
Find out which companies are about to raise their dividend well before the news hits the Street with StreetInsider.com's Dividend Insider Elite. Sign-up for a FREE trial here.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A wave of car burnings across Sweden that has seen more than 2,000 vehicles damaged or destroyed this year, moved on Monday night to the Stockholm suburb of Husby, where mass riots began three years ago and spread across the capital's poorer suburbs.
Police have arrested only one suspect - a 21-year-old man in the southern city of Malmo whose car contained cans of gasoline - and they are appealing for help nationwide in a country that prides itself on its low levels of crime.
"This crime is very hard to investigate," Malmo police's Lars Forstell said. "We don't see any patterns and we don't have any suspects."
"We need all the help we can get," he said.
On Tuesday, the centre-right opposition called on the government to act and the Justice Department told Reuters that an action plan would be presented in the "next couple of days".
The fires have centred on Stockholm and Malmo - Sweden's third biggest city, and 2,027 vehicles have been set on fire in total between January and July, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
In August alone, 48 vehicles were set on fire in Malmo and 60 more in June and July. On Monday, 13 cars were set alight in several different parts of the city.
Late on Monday, two cars were set on fire in Stockholm's Husby and seven cars were set on fire in the southern suburb of Haninge. No arrests have been made.
"We can't say if it is youngsters or criminals or whatever. We assume little things but we don’t know," Stockholm police spokesperson Kjell Lindgren said.
The 2013 riots started a debate about social inequality, poverty and immigration in Sweden and Malmo University criminology researcher, Manne Gerell, said it was typically disadvantaged young men who were responsible for the fires.
"There are a few major reasons. One that is often mentioned is that these youth or young men, when interviewed, say it is fun or exciting," he said.
(This verison of the story has been refiled to remove reference to Husby as a ghetto)
(Reporting by Violette Goarant and Johan Sennero; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Serious News for Serious Traders! Try StreetInsider.com Premium Free!
You May Also Be Interested In
- Speculators lift U.S. dollar bets to highest since late January: CFTC, Reuters
- Church bells peal in town retaken by Iraqi troops from Islamic State
- PayPal says some customers unable to make payments due to cyber attack on Dyn
Create E-mail Alert Related CategoriesReuters
Sign up for StreetInsider Free!
Receive full access to all new and archived articles, unlimited portfolio tracking, e-mail alerts, custom newswires and RSS feeds - and more!