Morning headlines: Wednesday 14th August 2019

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Espoo man suspected in sex abuse cases

Police say a 30-year old man from Espoo is suspected of sexually abusing 52 different children. Investigators say the man approached his victims on social media, and started conversations with them on Instagram and Snapchat that soon became sexual. Although he didn’t meet his victims face-to-face, police say the man asked for pictures and videos of the children, and also sent some himself. “The abuse took place in 2018 and 2019. The victims come from all over Finland and are girls between the ages of 9 and 15” says Max Bock from Western Uusimaa Police. An investigation was started when one of the victims contacted police earlier this year, but Bock says it’s worrying that most of the children did not tell an adult what was happening, and says children should be encouraged to report any incidents immediately to a trusted adult.

Bank employee admits huge fraud case

An employee of Säästopankki is suspected of embezzling around €350,000 from the bank and falsifying cash reports. Western Uusimaa Police says the suspect has admitted the crimes and that customers didn’t lose any money from their accounts during the fraud. The scheme came to light during the bank’s own internal financial control process in autumn last year, and police have now completed their preliminary investigation into the case.

Ministry’s budget talks continue today 

The Ministry of Finance is continuing its internal discussions today as it prepares for the 2020 budget negotiation process. At the end of the week, officials will submit its spending plans to the other ministries and ministers. Then, at the end of August, the different ministries will discuss the budget proposals before the government begins two days of discussions to set the 2020 budget, at the House of the Estates in mid-September.

Wednesday morning weather

There’s plenty of rain around today in different parts of the country, with meteorologists warning about floods or thunder storms in some places as up to 15mm of rain falls today.  Overnight rain lingers in the capital city region, and there’s rain too in Turku and Tampere areas, the north east and all the way north in Inari as well. Elsewhere plenty of cloud and not much in the way of sunshine, with temperatures ranging from +9C in Lapland to +13C in Oulu, +14C in Jyväskylä, +15C in the south west and +14C in the Helsinki area.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 14th August 2019 / Credit: FMI