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Brawls and violence on Midsummer Eve

Published lördag 22 juni 2013 kl 10.42

Midsummer Eve in Sweden was marred violence and rowdiness in some parts of the country, with several reports of disorderly behavior and assaults as well as suspected shootings.

Police were particularly busy in the Halland region. "Cases of drunkenness and brawls have claimed all our resources," officer Kajsa Barkström told news agency TT in the morning of Midsummer Day.

In Jönköping, one police officer was injured during an arrest of two men and in Eskilstuna one man was arrested after kicking a police officer in the head.

In Gothenburg, there were several reports of suspected shootings and in Stockholm three people were arrested over a severe assault in the suburb of Älvsjö.

In Uppsala some drunken youths were apprehended and in the north there were several cases of drunk and disorderly behaviour at Pite havsbad.

A boat ran aground in Tirro outside Haparanda, but no one was injured. Police in Dalarna, Västmanland and Västernorrland described Midsummer Eve as "rowdy".

In Gävleborg, police said the rainy weather helped keep celebrations calm and in several other regions - including Skåne, Blekinge, Västerbotten, Värmland, Kalmar and Gotland - police reported that the evening had been relatively calm.

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