Police arrest one in Stockholm suburb after youth unrest

9th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Swedish police said Tuesday they had arrested one person after a group of young people clashed with police in a Stockholm suburb but downplayed any link to the riots that have rocked London.

Shortly before 9:00 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Monday, a group of 20 to 30 young people broke a ticket booth window and emptied out a fire extinguisher at the Haesselby Gaard metro station, in the west of the Swedish capital.

When police arrived, they threw rocks at their vehicles and later broke windows at the local police station, at a state-run liquor store and of several cars, police spokeswoman Diana Sundin told the TT news agency.

"It seems like a group of young people that had nothing to do. To say it was inspired by the London riots would be very far-fetched," she said.

The man arrested, in his 20s, was known to police.

Four others identified by security camera footage were wanted.

Suburbs of the British capital were hit by a third night of rioting Monday, while violence also broke out in Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol.

Prime Minister David Cameron broke off his holiday and on Tuesday called a special parliament session to debate the riots.

The Swedish embassy in London warned Swedes in London and other cities with rioting to follow the events closely and avoid the affected areas, in a statement on its website.

© 2011 AFP

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