Belgian news in brief, 14 August 2006

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Bus death suspect remanded in custody

Bus death suspect remanded in custody

One of the suspects in the death of a passenger on an Antwerp bus has had his remand detention extended by a month. The suspect's lawyer will appeal the Antwerp Court hearing, however. An argument between six youths and a man on a city bus at the end of June ended when the man collapsed and died from a brain haemorrhage. Two suspects are still being detained, one of whom is a minor.

Residents left without drinking water

Residents of Maldegem, Eeklo, Kaprijke and Sint-Laureins were left without drinking water on Monday when the main water supply pipe burst. Water authority VMW shut supply off to the burst tank and redirected the flow to refill the area's water towers. Permanent repairs were to be carried out on Wednesday. Only a few houses in the direct vicinity of the leak in Kaprijke were still without water following the emergency repairs. The cause of the leak is not yet known.

500,000 visited Brussels beach

Some 500,000 people have visited the Brussels city beach in the past few weeks, prompting Mayor Freddy Thielemans to describe this year's event as a success. Some 3,000 tons of sand along the Brussel-Willebroek canal has played host to live entertainment, children's activities and food and drink tents in recent weeks. The warm weather in July contributed to the large number of beachgoers.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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