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SWEDISH COPS DEMAND TOUGHER BRIDGE CHECKS IN WAKE OF MALMÖ MAYHEM…….

All that cultural enrichment is just too much to take for some.

Violence in Sweden’s third largest urban centre has escalated in the past two months, including shootings, explosions, hand grenades being thrown and cars and buildings set on fire.

Swedish cops call for tougher bridge checks

Swedish cops call for tougher bridge checks

Cars being checked by Swedish customs officials. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Published: 09 Jul 2015 14:45 GMT+02:00

Violence in Sweden’s third largest urban centre has escalated in the past two months, including shootings, explosions, hand grenades being thrown and cars and buildings set on fire.

On Friday night a man in his twenties was shot in the street in the nearby town of Arlöv and only yesterday a 25-year-old man ended up in hospital after being shot somewhere in Malmö.

Regional police in southern Sweden put the rising violence down to an increased import of illegal weapons and are calling for tougher border controls on the Öresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark in a bid to tackle the problem.

“What makes us notice criminality more is the amount of illegal weapons in the city. We seize far more weapons and we notice that they are much more accessible than before,” Mats Karlsson of the Malmö police told Danish newspaper Berlingske.

1,300 illegal weapons were seized in Sweden last year. This is an increase by some 100 firearms from 2013. A total of 71 of them were confiscated by customs officers at the Öresund Bridge, Malmö Central Station and Malmö International Airport.

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